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. Many patients, in these situations, may not be candidates for conventional dental implants without bone grafting.
Fortunately, today Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle and Dr. Steinkeler have the ability to grow bone where it is needed with bone grafting techniques. 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 for patients who are not candidates for conventional dental implants without bone grafting.
For more information about Bone Grafts or to make an appointment with Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle or Dr. Steinkeler, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.
Major Bone Grafting
Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler use bone grafting to repair dental implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous tooth extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank (donated human bone) or your own bone is harvested from the jaw, hip, cranium or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are used to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the dental bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This technique is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.
Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws or facial skeleton. 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 or a combination of the patient’s own bone and donated 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. Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler do these procedures in a hospital 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.
Surgical procedures such as dental bone grafting are best performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who are the only dental specialists fully trained in these and other oral surgery procedures. Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler are highly qualified, board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and in anesthesia, and have also earned both a medical and a dental degree.
Drs. Schelkun & Kienle Associates is the only practice in the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area to have:
- Oral surgeons with both medical and dental degrees,
- Each oral surgeon board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesia,
- All of surgical facilities fully accredited by the Joint Commission
You can be assured that Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler have the best training and experience, along with the proper staff and facilities, to provide you with exceptional safe and comfortable surgical care. Call to day for a consult! Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560
Patient Reviews: Bone Grafting
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