Glossary: Bone grafts
A bone graft is a surgical procedure where bone is taken from a donor site and placed elsewhere within the patient. Perhaps the most common use of bone grafting is in the use of dental implants. These require a quantity of bone for support and to succesfully osseointegrate. Where there is insufficient bone, for example where a patient has been edentulous (without teeth) for a prolonged period bone may be taken from the chin or from the pilot holes for the implants or even from the illiac crest of the pelvis to provide the necessary quantity of bone.
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