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Bone graft done on the upper jaw with an implant.Before undergoing a dental restoration procedure, such as dental implants, patients must meet various requirements. Their gums must be healthy, and they should not have any complex underlying health issues that can impede healing. Your jawbone must have adequate bone mass and density to be eligible for dental restorations. Patients with severe jawbone loss may have to undergo bone grafting or augmentation before getting dental implants. Our dentist at Advanced Center for Oral Surgery, Facial Surgery and Dental Implants can help address these issues with xenografts, making you qualify for dental restoration treatments.

What Is a Xenograft in Dentistry?

A xenograft is a bone tissue derived from an animal, such as a pig or cow, to help prepare a patient for a dental restoration procedure. These bone graft materials trigger bone formation in patients with deteriorated jawbones. If your jawbones have inadequate mass and density, you may be ineligible for dental restoration procedures. Fortunately, xenografts can help recover lost bone volume. These sterilized and processed bone graft materials are similar to human bone tissue, making them a safe alternative for patients who require grafting before undergoing a dental procedure.

Who Requires a Xenograft?

There are different types of bone grafts we can use on patients before a dental procedure. Our dentist may transplant bone tissues from another part of your body, such as the hip, shin, or lower jaw, to aid bone formation at the treatment site. If this option is not viable, a practical solution is to extract bone tissues from an animal. Xenografts can help address these concerns. Anyone with severe bone loss caused by trauma, disease, or missing teeth can be a suitable candidate for bone grafting using xenografts.

What to Expect When Getting Xenografts

First, our oral surgeon will numb the area using local anesthesia and incise the gums to access the jawbone. Next, we will clean and disinfect the treatment site before adding sterilized xenograft material from our bone graft bank. The surgeon will secure the xenograft with special tools and close the incision with stitches to allow healing.

Aftercare and Recovery

A xenograft procedure can cause mild discomfort, swelling, inflammation, and bruising. Fortunately, these symptoms subside after a few days. We may prescribe pain management medications and antibiotics to help combat the discomfort and prevent infections.

Recovery times vary from patient to patient. Complete healing ranges from 3 to 9 months. You can accelerate healing by following our aftercare guidelines. Refrain from crunchy foods and hot beverages until you recover fully. Avoid probing the area with your tongue, and observe proper oral hygiene to prevent infections. Most importantly, schedule regular visits to our clinic to allow us to monitor your recovery and address any concerns.

Benefits of Xenografts

Xenografts have several benefits. Given that they come from animals, they are readily available and have an unlimited supply. They also do not require a second surgical procedure, leaving your body intact. Most importantly, xenografts undergo thorough sterilization processes, making them a safe and effective bone grafting option.

Xenografts provide a viable option for bone grafts in preparation for other dental procedures. Contact Advanced Center for Oral Surgery, Facial Surgery and Dental Implants at (224) 341-5517 to learn more about xenografts and other bone grafting options.

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