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.
Bone Grafting Reviews
Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, PC
Really awesome people!
- Shawn S
Entire experience was wonderful. This was her first procedure ever and went so smoothly and painless. Dr davies and the nurse aneshetist were exceptional
- megan r
They all work well together. . They explain everything in detail to what is covered by your insurance, to what you will experience at your appointment for that day. Overall it has been a pleasant experience so far.
- Linda S
Dr. Friend extracted a tooth and did a bone graft on the site of the extracted tooth. I was amazed by how quick and stress-free the process was. I estimate that the two procedures were completed within 20 minutes or so from anesthetic through completion. I was relaxed and comfortable the entire time.
- Robert B