My dentist and I have been planning on me getting four dental implants soon. I am so excited about the idea of having teeth again and no longer feeling (and looking) like a hillbilly. He mentioned I need some bone grafting done. I was totally fine with that. However, since then, I have done some research and learned that they do the bone grafting with cadaver bone. I have to admit that really gives me the heebie-jeebies. Is it at all possible for me to have the dental implants done without the bone grafting?
While you will need bone grafting done, I have good news for you. Let’s start with why the bone grafting is important first. The dentist recommended this procedure to you because you do not have enough bone in the areas where you are getting your dental implants to actually retain the implants. If you go forward without it, you will end up with dental implant failure and possibly even a cracked jaw. It is essential.
Now for that good news I mentioned. Cadaver bone is not the only option for bone grafting. It may be that your dentist never intended to use that option. There are bovine options, and even synthetic bone, mixed with some organic materials. It is even possible for them to harvest and use your own bone, though that would entail an additional procedure.
I would start by talking to your dentist about what type of bone he planned on using for your case. If he says cadaver bone, then tell him your concerns and ask for an alternative option.
About Cadaver Bone
Before you decide against it, you should know a few things about the process. First, the bone was lovingly donated by people and/or their families to go to people in need after their or their loved ones’ death. The bone is thoroughly tested in order to make sure it is healthy and then goes through processing and sterilization.
Either way, it is up to you. Just have a conversation with your dentist to learn his plans and express your desires.
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