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 flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about bone grafting.

Bone Grafting Overview

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Christopher E. Bonacci, DDS, MD, PC

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- Kelly C

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I had a very positive experience with Dr. Bonacci and his staff. The procedure was no more painful than the original tooth extraction.

- Greg R

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Dr. Bonacci and his staff are truly the most professional people I have ever worked with. They always explain everything to you and make you completely comfortable in all procedures that are preformed. I have never been uncomfortable in the slightest in any procedure I have done and I always know what is going on and how to handle anything that comes up. I would fly from anywhere to get to them.

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Excellent compassionate and professional care. Very little discomfort for a very nervous patient.

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Surgery went with extreme ease, very little swelling, healed quickly, little pain.

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Dr. Bonacci is the best. We have trusted him to our children's care and now my own. The procedure was as easy as it could be and there was only a 1 day recovery time. If you are looking for some time off work for recovery, go to another dentist.

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