Bone Grafting: Building the foundation for a healthy smile
what is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is the process of rebuilding bone where deterioration has occurred. This procedure is typically done to prepare the jaw for a dental implant, but can be performed for other structural needs as well.
Missing one or more teeth can lead to bone loss at the site of the gap. Over time, this loss of bone can develop into additional problems, such as shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure.
Minor Bone Grafting
Minor bone grafting is typically done in preparation 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, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and an aesthetic appearance.
Major Bone Grafting
Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, cysts, tumors or congenital defects. This advanced process often requires additional materials and sometimes several specialists. 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.
Potential Consequences of Jaw bone Loss
- Problems with remaining teeth; including misalignment, drifting, loosening, and loss
- Collapsed facial profile
- Limited lip support
- Skin wrinkling around the mouth
- Distortion of other facial features
- Jaw or TMJ pain, facial pain, and headaches
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Inadequate nutrition as a result of the inability to chew properly and painlessly
- Sinus expansion
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Patient Reviews for Dental Bone Grafting
Oakland Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center
I would highly recommend Oakland Oral Surgery for any necessary treatment. Front desk personnel are friendly and very helpful. I had a lot of anxiety about having two tooth extractions and bone grafts. During the pre-op consultation Dr. Coke answered all my questions, patiently explained everything, including what to expect afterward. I was so glad that Dr. Coke is so highly trained that he could give me the sedation that I needed to have the procedure. I felt great afterward. His Assistant, Alex, was kind and caring, and very knowledgeable. She helped me be at ease. I am very thankful that Dr. Andress referred me to Oakland Oral Surgery.
- Sandra A
Dr Kisoondial is an excellent oral surgeon! Very gentle and kind! Lauren is also excellent with patients. Very caring and fun to talk too!! Let’s not forget sweet Rebecca and the rest! This is by far the BEST oral surgery office ever!!!
- Lisa L
Extremely professional and pleasant to deal with.
- Kevin C
Extremely pleased with Dr Royal and his entire staff at the Sterling Heights office, through my dental procedure. Feeling a little apprehensive before my visit, I was amazed at how painless and comfortable the whole procedure was. Thank you all so much for taking such good care of me. Would definitely recommend this office.
- Lin K
Dr. HASKINS is amazing ..Such a knowledgeable man and so kind .
- colleen K