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.

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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.

Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry
Spencer A. Haley DDS and Jeffrey L. Culbreath DDS

5 out of 5 stars based on 5 Bone Grafting reviews

Patient Review By Dovie P

Dr Haley took great care of me. The surgery went great and he kept me well informed during the whole process. He has a great attitude and made me feel more comfortable during the procedure. I actually never needed pain medication afterwards and the healing process was smooth. I got the PRF that seemed to really expedite the healing. Can't say enough good things about all who took such great care of me during this process. Thanks!

- Dovie P

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Patient Review By Gabriella H

Dr Haley and staff were great.

- Gabriella H

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Patient Review By Darlene Sherrill S

Very friendly staff! Made this an easy experience.

- Darlene Sherrill S

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Patient Review By Janice B

Easy procedure. Excellent. Amazed how easy it was for Dr Haley to extract tooth and bone graft.

- Janice B

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Patient Review By Sharon F

Great office and staff.

- Sharon F

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