Bone Grafting

Clarke V. Filippi, DDS – Modesto & Central Valley CA

Major & Minor Bone Grafting

Over a period of time, the jaw bone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quantity and / orquality of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, patients may not be candidates for placement of dental implants.

Bone grafting is the technique 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 another area in your mouth. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that 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.  Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw.