Many patients suffer much of their life because of the deterioration of the jawbone due to tooth extractions, gum disease or injury. Now, there is a treatment that allows us to re-grow bone and increase its strength: bone grafting. Not only does this treatment improve the functionality and appearance of your jawbone, it allows you the option of undergoing a procedure like dental implants, which requires a strong jaw to bond with at the implant site.
Major Bone Grafting
Major bone grafts are usually meant to repair defects of the jaws, resulting from traumatic injuries, tumor surgery or birth defects. Depending on the size of the defect, Dr. Elias will decide where to farm the donor bone. Typically larger sites will be repaired using your own bone, for best results.
The bone used in grafting is either taken from a tissue bank or from your own body. This autogenous bone graft (see below) is used to encourage regeneration of the existing structure by allowing it to bond with a healthy, functioning tissue.