St. Luke’s OMS is your premier source for bone grafts in the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and Stroudsburg, PA area. If you are missing teeth, a bone graft may be part of the dental restoration solution you are looking for. Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies, or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone left that is suitable for the placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for dental implant procedures.
Today, our dentistry services include the ability to grow bone where 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 a natural aesthetic appearance.
Bone grafting can repair dental 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 and protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration. Read on to learn more about various bone grafting and other dental restoration procedures.