|Bone Grafts And Titanium Filters
Titanium filters are used in dental bone grafting procedures quite a bit. Usually a dental bone graft becomes a necessity when the jaw bone is weak, facing bone erosion or suffers from some other problems due to which a dental implant cannot be done. However, once the bone graft is successfully bone, the dental surgeon can then proceed with other dental procedures.
When it comes to bone grafts and titanium filters, different dentists have different opinions about the filters. However, one common problem that dentists face after using a titanium mesh is ensuring that the incision site is closed without any tension as this can expose the mesh. However, this something that many dental surgeons find problematic to do, and as a result the mesh is exposed which leads to irritation of the gingiva and can lead to a gum infection.
However, usage of titanium filters for bone grafting procedures are still quite popular among dentists. These filters are available usually in two thicknesses, and most dental surgeons prefer to use the one that has less thickness as the mesh can be bent to the desired shaped. The mesh has to cut to fit into the area where the bone grafting is taking place. The sharp edges of the mesh are then bent towards the bone rather than surrounding soft tissue and then covered with a protect barrier, which is invariably collagen.
In case the mesh is exposed, then the dental surgeon immediately removes it and covers the graft area with collagen. At times, the bone can grow through the mesh. The only alternative at that point is to wait a little longer before removing the titanium filter.
Another procedure that is used to ensure that minimum exposure of the mesh is to make sure that the flap of one of the adjacent teeth is extended over the bone graft area to seal the surgical site completely.
Another use of titanium filters is to fix the bone graft in place with the aid of screws or tacks, but the biggest challenge by dental surgeons is ensuring that the screws or tacks are fixed in the entire surgical site. Nonetheless, using titanium mesh is quite popular, and dentists prefer to use it whenever an opportunity arises.
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