Major & Minor Bone Grafting
Bone loss can occur due to gum disease, tooth extraction or other trauma. Minor bone grafting can regenerate the lost bone, awarding you renewed stability for your teeth.
Bone grafting is also necessary for bone loss areas where an implant will be placed. A dental implant must have sufficient bone in order to be successfully stable and secure. For minor bone grafting, tissue from a donor bank or your own bone can be used.
Major bone grafts are typically used to repair defects in the jaw caused by tumor removals, traumatic injuries or birth defects. For these grafts, your own bone is usually used. Where bone is taken from depends on the size of the graft needed. Common areas are the hip, knee, and skull. Major bone grafts are not an outpatient procedure and usually require a stay at the hospital.