Regrow and Restore Jaw and Facial Bone
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that uses transplanted bone or grafting material to rebuild diseased or damaged bones. Tooth loss, traumatic injuries, genetic defects, and other oral health problems can lead to bone loss in the jaw or face, also known as resorption. The most advanced way to restore limited jaw bone and promote new bone growth is through bone grafting treatment.
At Alfi Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery, our oral surgeons perform several bone grafting procedures and will assess your mouth and jaw bone to create a customized treatment plan that best addresses your specific oral health needs. The bone grafting materials may come from a tissue bank, the patient’s own body or a bone graft substitute like ViviGen®. If you’re looking to restore your oral function or have any other questions please contact our office in Houston, TX, for a consultation with Dr. Alfi.
How Does a Bone Graft Work?
A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves placing a new piece of bone or grafting material in an area where the bone is weak to reinforce the structure and stimulate new growth. At Alfi Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery, we are proud to offer ViviGen, a cellular allograft material with incredible growth and healing properties. Once the graft is placed, the surgical area is closed and the material is left to fuse with the old bone where it will stimulate new bone to form.
Types of Anesthesia
There are a variety of anesthesia and sedation options available at our practice.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
Bone grafts serve many purposes, ranging from socket preservation for future restoration options to preparing the mouth for more complex orthognathic surgical procedures. The type of bone graft required will depend on the location of the affected area and the extent of bone loss that has occurred.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly educated and trained in all bone grafting techniques to help patients achieve optimal long term results. During your consultation, we will take 3D scans to assess the soft tissue areas of your head, neck, mouth, and face. We offer several anesthesia options to ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed during your treatment.
The maxillary sinuses are located on either side of the nose above the upper molars. It is common for the bone that separates your mouth from these sinuses to be very thin. A sinus lift involves elevating the sinus membrane and placing a graft that will integrate with the jaw bone over several months. Once the bone graft has healed, a dental implant can be placed.
The alveolar ridge is the bone that supports the upper and lower arches of teeth. In severe cases where teeth have been missing for a long time, an entire ridge can be resorbed. During this procedure, your oral surgeon will divide the inner and outer segments of jaw bone and fill the space between the divided sections with a bone graft or bone grafting material. Once it is fully healed, dental implants can be placed.
The alveolar nerve brings feeling to the chin and lower lip. It is located beneath the molars on each side of the jaw. When there isn't enough bone to protect the nerve, it can be damaged during oral surgery procedures and cause numbness in the chin area. Sometimes oral surgeons can reposition the nerve and use a bone graft to hold it in its new position.
Major Bone Grafting
Major bone grafting and tissue regeneration procedures are reserved for patients with jaw defects caused by trauma, tumor surgery, or birth defects. This procedure involves harvesting a portion of the patient’s own bone, typically from the hip, jaw, or tibia, and inserting it to the area where more bone is needed.
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