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
Even I knew when I saw the film that I needed tooth removal. The black hole where part of my root had been looked ominous. My expectations from previous tooth work and extractions? Fear. Pain. Shame. Getting treated impersonally as "a dental patient." But none of this happened at Chapel Hill Implant and Oral Surgery. From my initial call, through the consultation, through the procedure and discharge, I was treated with patience, kindness, and respect. Dr. Hill and everyone on his staff was friendly, personable, and accommodating. I'd describe them as genuine, highly knowledgable, and highly competent. While I expected to receive high quality care, I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed being in their company. I trust them, and believe this enables me to recover faster. What a relief it already is to fear-less of the future! Thank you to everyone one at Chapel Hill Implant and Oral Surgery. Bless you!
- Jen S
Great experience! Everyone is kind, helpful, willing to answer all manner of questions. I’ve felt like I am in the best hands, receiving top notch care. Every person I’ve come in contact appears truly passionate about their work and the level of patient care provided. Thank you very much!
- Karen C
Dr Hill and his entire staff are wonderful. A friendly, professional team. I actually look forward to seeing them again. Great place!
- Karen D
Very pleased and will recommend
- Lynn T
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