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.
Oral Surgery Specialists
I think Dr Hlousek is amazing. I am so happy to find this place. The staff is amazing. The office is great.
- Julia W
Dr. Jones was very professional and caring throughout my procedure. He kept me informed about the process. His staff was friendly and professional. I appreciated bring given an overview of what to expect and what the next steps were. All that said, this review doesn't have enough stars. I was positively terrified of this procedure. They managed to calm me down, they may not have known how calming they were. That alone is another 10 stars.
- Leilani A
Dr. Sullivan & his assistants were so caring & empathetic when I unexpectedly had to have tooth extraction & bone graft. Dr. S even cared enough to contact me later to ensure I was doing ok. No one could ask for a more caring doctor and his staff. The front desk personnel were also very kind. I would highly recommend Dr Sullivan for any dental procedures. A definite TEN in my estimation.
- Diana P
The staff was great, exceptional at making you feel comfortable with the procedure. Amy took the time to expound on a detail I did not understand. Dr. Sullivan is wonderful, beyond belief as to how fast and thorough he is.
- Tabitha w
Dr Sullivan even called me in the evening to see how I was doing after my appointment this morning.
- Lisa D