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 obtained from a tissue bank that has strict processing and sterilization protocols to ensure your safety. Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the back 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 STEM CELLS. The stem cells are harvested from a small area of the hip bone (iliac crest) WITHOUT any incisions. This allows Dr. Raska to reconstruct defects using the patient’s own tissue, with no added discomfort (morbidity) at the donor site. Patients often do not even feel from where the stem cells are taken. Most cases are performed in Dr. Raska‘s office with IV & local anesthesia , but if necessary, these procedures can be done at either Sarasota Memorial Hospital, or Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota, where Dr. Raska holds active staff privileges.

To understand more about the research Dr. Raska cites in the utilization of stem cells in the outpatient setting, click here.