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. This safe and effective bone graft material is obtained through specially processed bovine sources. Under the electron microscope, this graft material looks very similar to human bone. Because of its similarity to human bone, the graft is highly successful in helping new bone to form. 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.
In certain cases requiring additional procedures, Drs. Steven and or Mitchell Kornhaber may refer you to a specialist for more complex bone grafting procedures.