Understanding Bone Grafting and Reconstruction Surgery
July 4, 2015
Oral Health News
Sedation Dental Group
Whether you require a dental implant, have an endlessly clicking jaw, suffer from periodontal disease, incurred a trauma to the face, or were born with a developmental defect in your jaw; bone grafting and reconstruction surgery might be a procedure your dental professional could suggest for you.
If your jawbone is not tall enough or wide enough, either/or case will require a bone grafting procedure – especially in the case of implants.
That being said, there are different types of bone grafting to correct different concerns. They include:
Minor Bone Grafting
Over a period of time, the jawbone 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
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 sites depending on the size of the defect. 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.
Sinus Bone Grafting
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. 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.
Bone grafting is a fairly major procedure that should be conducted by trained and trusted professionals. At DentistsRUs, our dentists are both highly trained and increasingly professional, and we have a variety of them across the Lower Mainland who can attend to your bone grafting procedure. Call or click any of the locations below to secure your appointment, and you can feel assured of the process ahead!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View