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. Many patients, in these situations, may not be candidates for conventional dental implants without bone grafting.
Fortunately, today Dr. Kienle, Dr. Steinkeler and Dr. Gunawardena have the ability to grow bone where it is needed with bone grafting techniques. 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 for patients who are not candidates for conventional dental implants without bone grafting.
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Major Bone Grafting
Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena use bone grafting to repair dental implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous tooth extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank (donated human bone) or your own bone is harvested from the jaw, hip, cranium or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are used to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the dental bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This technique is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.
Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws or facial skeleton. 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 or a combination of the patient’s own bone and donated 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. Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena do these procedures in a hospital operating room and require a hospital stay.
Surgical procedures such as dental bone grafting are best performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who are the only dental specialists fully trained in these and other oral surgery procedures. Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena are highly qualified, board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and in anesthesia, and have also earned both a medical and a dental degree.
Flagship Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery is the only practice in the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area to have:
- Oral surgeons with both medical and dental degrees,
- Each oral surgeon board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesia,
- All of surgical facilities fully accredited by the Joint Commission
You can be assured that Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena have the best training and experience, along with the proper staff and facilities, to provide you with exceptional safe and comfortable surgical care. Call to day for a consult! Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560
Bone Grafting for Implants FAQs
How painful is a bone graft for dental implant?
Most patients are pleasantly surprised after bone grafting. Often time a 2nd donor site is not required which decreases the healing time and discomfort.
How long does it take to recover from a dental bone graft?
Often there is no difference in recovery time with or without bone grafting.
How long does a dental implant with bone graft take?
The additional time for bone grafting is usually a smaller part of the overall time for your procedure.
What is cost of bone grafting for dental implants?
The cost is dependent upon:
- the amount of grafting required
- any additional procedures required
- as well as any coverage you may have at the time of surgery
How long after a bone graft can you get an implant?
Bone grafts are usually healed sufficiently healed for implant placement in as soon as 2 months and sometimes up to 6 months depending upon the type and amount of grafting.
Patient Reviews: Bone Grafting
This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your Dental Bone Graft experience with Flagship Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery. Call our office if you would like more information: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.