Major & Minor Bone Grafting
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth will thin over time. This often leaves a condition in which there is inadequate 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 graft 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.
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 from another area in the jaw or from another part of the body such as the hip if a lot of boen is needed. For little quantities sterlisied cow bone powder or artificial calcium phopsphate may be used . 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.