Bone Grafting | West Bloomfield, MI
Major & Minor Bone Grafting
Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone 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), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites. These procedures are routinely performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay.
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.
Lakes Oral Surgery
- Matthew W
Everything was great. Staff was wonderful. Cathy helped me emotionally during my first surgery. The rest of the staff did as well. Very friendly. See you guys in a few weeks, months and next year.
- Edward R
No pain and I was very worried about that. Good experience
- Teresa F
Everyone was so nice and caring. I was nervous about my procedure and after talking with the staff I felt much better.
- Marilyn W
Dr. Cohen and staff make sure your comfortable and in no pain during the procedure. Explain everything.
- Sandra Z
From the Doctor, to his assistants, to the office staff, everyone could not have been more pleasant and professional. Everything about the procedure was explained in a manner I could understand and appreciate. Efforts were made to minimize my out of pocket expense. I originally planned to let my dentist perform this procedure. So glad I chose Lakes Oral Surgery.
- Rudy Z