Bone Grafting

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.

Bone Grafting Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the bone grafting process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about bone grafting.

Bone Grafting Overview

Shenandoah Oral & Facial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 2 Bone Grafting reviews.

Patient Review By Brenda M

Love this practice !!!

- Brenda M

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Patient Review By Mary G

I had a great experience with the entire staff at Dr. Quitmeyer's office. He came highly recommended to me by my dentist, Dr. Anderson. I had a root canal 15 years ago, but the tooth below the crown had a small crack, causing the tooth to fail. The situation worsened pretty quickly, and the office staff was very understanding and tried to give me the earliest appointment even though I was a new patient. They may have been able to see me the same day, but I could not leave work on short notice. The crown cracked more along with the tooth below in the few days I awaited the appointment, and when I called they gave me care instructions and connected me to a dental assistant to answer my questions. Dr. Quitmeyer had his work cut out for him as I had basically shards of tooth that needed to be removed, and not much to grab onto. The process was still quick and painless. He also did a bone graft, and answered all of my questions related to a possible future implant in that back molar. I trust his professional opinion, and the entire staff was courteous and warm, had knowledge of the procedures, and were just generally stellar all around. I highly recommend their office for oral surgery.

- Mary G

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