BONE GRAFTING AND ADVANCED TISSUE GRAFTING
Major & Minor Bone Grafting
WHAT IS BONE GRAFTING?
Over a period of time, the jaw bone associated with missing teeth atrophies and is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for the placement of dental implants.
With bone grafting we now have the opportunity to not only replace bone where it is missing, but we also have the ability to promote new bone growth in that location. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
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).
Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone
Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of
the jaws. These defects 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 routiney performed in an operating
room and require a hospital stay.