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 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 Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the bone grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about bone grafting.
Oakland Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center
Great office - made me feel less nervous about the procedure.
- Bridget W
Dr. Explained every detail that is to happen. He was very knowledgeable about procedure because of his experience.
- Steven M
Was particularly impressed with the followup. Especially, with the callback the day of the procedure as a check in.
- Jeff T
Thank you for the excellent service!
- Tony T
Office staff esp Sam very nice and friendly. Sam and Dr. K calmed my nerves. I will definately recommend to friends. A very pleasant experience considering the procedure. I usually hate dental work but this has been great do far and I sm sure it will be next step. Thank you everyone
- Kimberly H
Dr Royal was professional and efficient, his staff was great and easy to work with. Broke a tooth they got me in next day.
- Christopher S
The care I've received here over the last year for a bone graft and implants has been superior. While the procedures have been intense, I have never dreaded coming here because I knew I was in such good hands. These people are the epitome of professionalism!!!
- Barbara O