Bone Grafting Campbell CA
Ueno Center Dental Specialists
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 quality and 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 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.
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 and protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration.
With the modern advances in bone grafting today, it is typically not necessary to harvest bone from the patient’s body anymore. We are able to use donor grafts, along with cellular allografts which have stem cells in them, along with growth factors, to help stimulate the formation of new bone. This reduces post-op discomfort and increases our success and outcomes for better implant placement. Bone grafting is no longer a scary thing. We can now grow bone in almost site in the mouth without using donor sites in the patient’s own body! Modern bone grafting techniques have made almost every patient a candidate for implant placement.