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.

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.

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Our Patient Testimonials


West Georgia Oral and Facial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 5 Bone Grafting reviews.

Patient Review from Pauline C

My husband was the patient for the bone grafting. He already has some pre-existing health issues and all the staff & Dr. Allen were very patient with him as well as giving him OUTSTANDING Care!!!!! Very Thankful we came here, and I would recommend West GA Oral Surgery to anyone that needs their services. Thank You ALL Very much!!!!!!

- Pauline C

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Patient Review from Kim G

Dr. Allen, & his entire staff are top notch quality professionals. You’ll receive exceptional care, beginning to end. I realize a person can be scared or a bit apprehensive when getting oral surgery. Dr. Allen has a way with people; a way of putting your mind at ease. B4 u no it, your in the chair, out like a light (the best sleep btw) & awake by the time you’ve ever had a chance to worry or think about being nervous to begin with. The great thing about West Ga/Dr. Allen is, I’ve never had to worry about what type of care I’ll receive, or if Id be just another number. HE IS VERY GOOD, in my opinion the best at what he does. He really is the most down to earth doc I’ve ever met.

- Kim G

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Patient Review from Karen T

Both the staff and the doctor were extremely pleasant, knowledgeable, and helpful for my procedure! Would highly recommend this practice to friends and family!

- Karen T

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Patient Review from Billie M

Couldn't ask for a better experience. Would definitely use them again. As I said above they all made me feel safe & comfortable. Answered all my questions. Didn't make me feel like I was putting them out by asking questions. I was nervous & they took the time to make me feel comfortable.

- Billie M

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Patient Review from Billie M

My overall experience was excellent. Treated me very well. Took away my fears. Would definitely use them again and would highly recommend them.

- Billie M

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