Major & Minor Bone Grafting
Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jawbone to atrophy, or recede. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone that is needed for implant placement. Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed.
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. Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In some cases, membranes may be used that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone 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.