Bone Grafting

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is resorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, those patients need additional preparations prior to placement of dental implants.

Exciting new techniques for bone regeneration today give us 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 the function and aesthetic appearance. 

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. The bone grafted is either your own bone or these days more commonly, synthetic bone or combination of both.

Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace the lost 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. 

Bone Grafting

Bone Grafting

Bone Grafting


Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumour surgery, or when lots of bone has been lost due to atrophy and resorption. 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. These procedures are routinely performed in an operating room under general anaesthesia(patient asleep).

Implants are than inserted 2-3 months later, once the grafted bone has integrated with the host bone. 

 

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