WHAT IS AN ALVEOLAR BONE GRAFT?

28 Aug 2018

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While many know the benefits of utilizing a bone graft delivery system for joints and fractures, you may not know bone grafts are also utilized in dentistry. This is seen most commonly in children who are born with cleft lips and cleft palates; for many, damage to the alveolar bone, the front of the roof of the mouth, is common. It usually results in a hole between the mouth to the nose.

Here is some of the information regarding an alveolar bone graft.

What is it?

A bone graft delivery device, such as a bone funnel, will insert a bone graft into the space where bone growth is needed. In the case of an alveolar surgery, this means that the autograft will be placed at the hole in order to stimulate bone growth in that area. The autograft is usually taken from the child’s iliac bone and then placed at the hole. Sutures will close the gum tissue around it in order to promote healing to the area.

It is not recommended that synthetic bone grafts, including vibone are not used on growing children. Luckily, around 83% of bone grafts in two million patients utilized autogenous bone grafts. The procedure can only be performed once the child develops permanent canine teeth. This type of bone graft delivery is essential for providing support for the base of the nose and promoting bone growth of roots and cortical fibers.

Why is it needed?

The cleft in the alveolar bone will often cause teeth to grow in poorly. Not only will this cause problems for the appearance of your child’s teeth, it can be detrimental to their health. It can result in problems with their facial growth, prohibit proper eating, and even affect their digestive health.

It’s important to keep in mind, however, that this is a medical procedure. Your child won’t remember anything from the surgery thanks to anesthesia, but there will be two points of surgery to maintain and look after: the alveolar bone and the iliac crest. Keep the areas clean and utilize over the counter pain relievers to stop swelling.

Can it be used for other dentistry?

Bone grafting via a bone graft delivery system can be used anywhere there is bone in the body. For many adult patients, bone grafting is used when a dental implant is needed. The bone graft allows the jaw bone to affix to the implant to ensure the implant lasts for the rest of your life.

Utilizing a bone funnel is the best type of graft delivery system. When you want to ensure a safe surgery for your clients, whether you’re performing dentistry or delivering vibone, contact SurGenTec today for more information on their innovative Graft Gun.

WHAT IS VIBONE AND HOW DOES IT HELP ME?

13 Aug 2018

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SurGenTec uses the best in medical technology to help heal your bone fractures and injuries via GraftGun, a bone graft delivery device. To help you heal more quickly, we use ViBone, an allograft developed by Aziyo.

But what is ViBone?

What is it?

Aziyo developed ViBone to repair your bones more quickly. The term, ViBone, is short for viable next generation bone graft. ViBone is a type of specially designed allograft or a bone transplant taken from someone else. This differs from an autograft, meaning that the tissue or bone is taken from another part of the patient’s body. Aziyo developed their signature ViBone product to perform more closely to that of an autograft, enabling speedier recovery and less disruption for the patient.

How does it work?

ViBone is needed when an injury or arthritis creates a void in the bone or tissue in an individual. In order to reduce pain and promote healing while increasing structural stability.

ViBone and other allografts are meant to affix to the patient’s bones and stimulate the growth of new tissue or bone. After a small incision is made at the site that needs the allograft, SurGenTec’s GraftGun delivers the perfect amount of ViBone to the area. This type of bone graft delivery system is more accurate, controlled, and quick than traditional bone funnel delivery systems.

How does it help me?

Bone damage is a painful condition that can cause worsening damage if it is not treated properly. Your doctor will tell you when you need a bone graft, such as ViBone, to help heal the area. You can need a bone graft delivery for a variety of reasons; however, there are four primary reasons behind the need for a bone graft. These include: multiple, poorly-healed fractures; the need to fuse two bones across a damaged joint; the need for bone regeneration after an injury; or healing bones after the removal of a medical device, like a joint replacement surgery.

Luckily, ViBone can be used throughout the patient’s body, whether it’s a jaw bone issue or a break in your femur. The quick procedure will promote stability, reduce pain, and encourage healing to the area.

Not everyone will need an allograft in their lifetime, but Aziyo and SurGenTec will ensure you receive the best medical treatment following an injury.

AUTOGRAFT VS ALLOGRAFT: UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE

06 Aug 2018

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If you’ve recently fractured or broken a bone, you might be in the market to receive graft delivery in order to heal your injury. There are two types of human grafts that can be delivered through a bone graft delivery system: an allograft and an autograft. Here are the differences between the two types of grafts.

Autograft

An autograft is a bone graft that comes right from your own body. It’s taken from one spot of your body and transferred to the point of injury through a bone funnel or other bone graft delivery device in order to speed up the healing process. This type of bone graft is more reliable than other forms due to its higher rates of success. The living tissue contains your own cells that bond to your injured bone.

Allograft

An allograft is a bone graft option that comes from the bone of another person, typically a donor. Other options might resource allografts from cadavers. This type of graft delivery is usually quicker and less painful for the injured person involved since an autograft will result in further recovery time. Allografts are widely available from tissue banks.

Which is better?

Both of these are often successful options for a graft delivery procedure. While autografts have a higher success rate, allografts result in a quicker recovery time. Depending on the injury, your doctor will be able to make the right call for the type of graft to use.

A third option is utilizing an artificial graft delivery, such as vibone. This artificial bone trend has been growing in the U.S. according to a 16-year study involving 2 million people. If you think an artificial graft will be more beneficial to your injury, consult your doctor prior to the procedure.

Each graft, whether it be an autograft, allograft, or artificial graft, all utilize the best in graft delivery technology to heal the injuries of people of all ages. They are carefully measured and prepared via a bone funnel or other device for a short procedure. After a while, your bones and ligaments will feel better than ever thanks to the advancements in graft technology.