Bone Grafting / Jaw Reconstruction
Teeth that have been missing for a long period of time or undetected or prolonged disease with teeth (periodontitis, pathology) can cause your jaw bone to shrink/disappear. The quality and quantity of the remaining bone may be insufficient to provide treatment with dental implants. A bone graft replaces the missing bone with natural or artificial bone.
Minor bone grafting is a procedure that can be completed in an office setting. Utilizing multiple sources of bone (allografts/xenografts) and your own bone can be placed into various defects in your jaw.
Major bone grafting can be completed in the office but is typically done in the hospital setting. Various local and regional sites (hip, tibia) are utilized to build up jaw bones for post trauma/pathology or eventual implant placement.