Major & Minor Bone Grafting
Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jawbone 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) and hip (iliac crest) are common donor sites. These procedures are routinely performed in an operating room.
Bone Grafting Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the bone grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about bone grafting.
Tampa Bay Jaw and Facial Surgery
Excellent,friendly,and caring from my first contact with Heather to schedule my appointment. Followed by the greeting by Justin at reception. Then Tiffany for x-rays and prep for my procedure. Dr. Bedi was warm and friendly and informative about what I was to go through. However, my blood pressure was to high to continue. Dr. Bedi said I was at risk. Dr. Bedi suggested I contact my primary doctor to check my blood pressure situation which I did that same day. I was put on blood pressure medication. Two days later I came back and was again greeted by Justin. After a few minutes Debbie called me back for my procedure. Like everyone else she was friendly and caring. The procedure was completed in less time than I was told during which Dr. Bedi kept me informed about everything that was to happen. I was thoroughly informed about post-op homecare and headed home. Four hours later I received a phone call from Dr. Bedi checking to see how I was doing. If there was a higher rating than five stars, I would give it to Dr. Bedi and his staff. Thank you all.
- Mark B
This procedure was PAINLESS!! Dr. Langston is amazing! Thank you so much!
- Matthew J