Bone Grafting

Major & Minor Bone Grafting

Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jawbone to atrophy, or resorb. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants. In addition the bone loss may cause  shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure. In these situations bone grafting will recreate the anatomy necessary for successful implant treatment.

Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This allows us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, and a chance to restore the functionality of your teeth and aesthetic appearance of your smile.

Bone Graft with Immediate Implant Placement

Major Bone Grafting

Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Bone grafts under the sinus (sinus lifts) are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.

Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair large defects of the jaws which may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects are repaired using the patient’s own bone. This bone is harvested from a number of different areas depending on the size needed. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites. These procedures are routinely performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay.