Major & Minor Bone Grafting
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
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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 and protect the bone graft and 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 sites depending on the size of the defect. 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 Latest Patient Testimonial by Anna K
Dr. Clark was very personable, thorough, explained the procedure, and answered my every question. I felt comfortable going into the procedure and confident in his ability as a surgeon. The entire staff was helpful, courteous, and friendly.
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Kayla E
Dr. Holmes is one of the best dentists/oral surgeons I've ever used. I work at a dental office and was referred to him by my boss for a tumor removal and bone grafting in 2013. He is always very punctual and very detailed about treatment plans. I will definitely recommend him to anyone. His staff…
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Thanks for a great visit, much easier than I thought
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