When tissues are starved for oxygen (ischemia) there is increased pain. When tissues don’t receive oxygen, they die. Angiogenesis is a term that describes the formation of blood vessels. We use the term a lot when talking about healing after bone grafting. When we place a graft, such as a bone graft or a soft tissue graft into a living environment, such as the jaw, almost immediately the body begins to start to grow new, tiny, vascular channels (blood channels). As these extend into the graft, they provide the starting point for the development of blood vessels (angiogenesis). It is this process that gives life to the graft. The use of bone grafting enhancers, such as BMP and PRGF induce and promote this process. That is why we have increased success with grafting when we use these additives. It is the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood and the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the new forming tissues that is the key to success with bone grafting.

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Irritants and chemicals, such as nicotine and carbon monoxide, can block this process and so we try to eliminate these types of irritants when grafting. On a very basic level, it is all about getting oxygen to newly forming tissues to help them live and grow. (Ref: J Oral Maxillofac Surg 71:2048-2057, 2013)

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