Major & Minor Bone Grafting
Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone to atrophy, or resorb. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants as well as long term shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure. Most patients, in these situations, are not candidates for dental implants.
Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Major Bone Grafting
Bone grafting can repair dental 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 regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.
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 routinely performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay.
Patient Reviews for Dental Bone Grafting
Chapel Hill Implant & Oral Surgery Center
This is an exceptionally well run practice. The entire staff is excellent and the quality of care is truly outstanding.
- Ruth M
Best practice - best staff - best doctor. Wish I was 17 and needed to get my wisdom teeth out. Instead, I had a very complex old bridge that fell out and left a 3 teeth gap. I had two grafts, which are never fun, but recovery was awesome due to Dr Hill's expertise. I now have my implants and am ready to have my dentist give me teeth!
- Sydney B
Overall well run operation. I am very pleased with the extraction, bone graft and implant processes. The anesthetist was also stellar. Everything was explained clearly and all of my questions were answered. They have some really nifty imaging equipment and I appreciated seeing the images. I have recommended this practice to one colleague already.
- Leann N
Exceptional doctor and outstanding staff. Worry free dental care.
- Sharon M
Best dental surgery experience I have ever encountered. I appreciate the professionalism of everyone in the office and the time they took to work with me.
- Stephanie F