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.
In the past, most patients, in these situations, were 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.
Why: All implants require very strong stable bone around them to last for many years. If your bone is weak, or missing from infection or time, you will need bone grafting first. This takes time to heal and requires your body’s natural physiology to work.
How: There are three ways to do bone grafting:
Take bone from your body and move it where you need replacement bone.
Use donated bone from another person to develop bone where you are missing.
Use Proteins and Bone Enhancing agents make your body grow its own bone.
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 other areas of the the jaws. 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. Minor bone grafting can often be preformed in an office setting.
Minor Bone Grafting
Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair larger 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 or biological technology. 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. Our surgeons are trained to perform bone grafts from minor, single tooth sites, to major grafting and reconstruction.
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