Bone Graft Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

Bone tissue is alive and remodels itself constantly. When you lose a portion of your bone tissue, Dlight Dental in Washington, DC, and Rockville, Maryland, may recommend bone grafts. The team has perfected several techniques for moving bone from one area to another to restore optimal bone structure. If you’d like to learn more about the latest bone grafting techniques, call the office or request your appointment online today.

Bone Graft Q & A

When is bone grafting necessary?

Bone grafting is a treatment that replaces lost bone tissue. There are a number of reasons bone loss occurs, including: 

  • Extracted teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Years of wearing dentures or dental bridges
  • Trauma resulting in a missing or broken tooth
  • Tumors
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Osteomyelitis (bacterial infection)
  • Misalignment 

Bone loss, or resorption, is a serious matter. Not only can bone loss weaken your remaining teeth, interfere with speech and nutrition, and change the appearance of your face, it can also make it more challenging to place dental implants. 

How does bone grafting work?

Bone grafting is the process of relocating bone tissue from one place to another. There are multiple ways to perform bone grafting based on the type of tissue used. 

Autogenous bone grafts use a small volume of your own bone tissue, which is usually harvested from your lower leg, hip, skull, jaw, or chin. Allogenic bone grafting uses bone tissue from a human cadaver.  

Another option is xenogenic bone grafting, which uses bone from another species, most often a cow. There are even bone graft substitutes like demineralized bone matrix (DBM) and demineralized freeze-dried bone allograft (DFDBA). Composites made with ceramic, collagen, or bone marrow are yet another option. 

How can platelet-rich fibrin improve bone grafting?

Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a solution created from a small amount of your own blood. Your provider spins that blood in a centrifuge to separate the liquids from the solids. They then reintroduce the platelets into the clear plasma to create a powerful treatment that promotes and hastens healing. 

Platelet-rich fibrin is filled with growth proteins that reduce inflammation while supporting cell differentiation and proliferation. When used during bone grafting, PRF helps your natural bone tissue bond with the donor tissue or grafting material, while also reducing the risk of inflammation. This treatment can yield more bone tissue and shorten healing time. 

If you’d like to learn more about whether bone grafting might be a good fit for your needs, call the office or request an appointment online.