Bone loss can occur as a result of missing teeth, trauma, pathology, and congenital disorders. These can result in simple lack of bone to place implants to more severe bone loss with functional and esthetic compromise.
Fortunately, bone grafting technology allows us to grow bone where it is needed. This allows us to place dental implants in the most optimal positions as well as restore jawbone functionality and facial appearance. This process is known as bone grafting.
Bone grafting can repair the deficient site of dental implants that are a result of prior tooth extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone used for grafting can be obtained from a tissue bank (allografts and xenografts) or from other forms of bone substitutes. More severe bone loss usually requires obtaining your own jaw, hip, skull, or tibia (below your knee). Sinus bone grafts can also be performed to replace bone in your posterior upper jaw. Additionally, specific membranes can also be used, which dissolve under the gum and protect the bone graft and encourages the regeneration of bone. This process is known as bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration. Bone grafting to correct small to moderate bone defects are usually done in the office. The recovery period is 2 days to 2 weeks depending on the degree of correction.
Major bone grafts are generally performed to correct jaw defects. These types of defects can be a result of injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Major defects are repaired using your own bone and/or bone from a tissue bank. This bone may come from the skull, hip, or lateral knee. The procedure will generally require a hospital stay. The recovery period is 4-6 weeks.
At Northern Virginia Surgical Arts, we provide bone grafting for patients at our three surgical office locations in Arlington, Gainesville, and Manassas Park, VA. Call us today to schedule an appointment.