Bone Grafting in Pocatello, ID

Major & Minor Bone Grafting

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 suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.

Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.

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Dr. DaBell can utilize bone grafts to make your jawbone more suitable for the placement of dental implants, as well as repair defects of the jaws. Contact us today!

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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 and protect the bone graft and 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 patients own bone. This bone is harvested from a number of different sites depending on the size of the defect. 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.

Sinus Lift Procedure

The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Sinuses are like empty rooms that have nothing in them. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone.

There is a solution and its called a sinus graft or sinus lift graft. The dental implant surgeon enters the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be. The sinus membrane is then lifted upward and donor bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus. Keep in mind that the floor of the sinus is the roof of the upper jaw. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patients jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new sinus bone.

The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option other than wearing loose dentures.

If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for several months, depending upon the type of graft material used. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.

Ridge Expansion

In severe cases, the ridge has been reabsorbed and a bone graft is placed to increase ridge height and/or width. This is a technique used to restore the lost bone dimension when the jaw ridge gets too thin to place conventional implants. In this procedure, the bony ridge of the jaw is literally expanded by mechanical means. Bone graft material can be placed and matured for a few months before placing the implant.

Nerve Repositioning

The inferior alveolar nerve, which gives feeling to the lower lip and chin, may need to be moved in order to make room for placement of dental implants in the lower jaw. This procedure is limited to the lower jaw and indicated when teeth are missing in the area of the two back molars and/or and second premolar, with the above-mentioned secondary condition. Since this procedure is considered a very aggressive approach (there is almost always some postoperative numbness of the lower lip and jaw area, which dissipates only very slowly, if ever), usually other, less aggressive options are considered first (placement of blade implants, etc.).

Typically, an outer section of the cheek side of the lower jawbone is removed in order to expose the nerve and vessel canal. Then we isolate the nerve and vessel bundle in that area and slightly pull it out to the side. At the same time, we will place the implants. Then the bundle is released and placed back over the implants. The surgical access is refilled with bone graft material of the surgeons choice and the area is closed.

These procedures may be performed separately or together, depending upon the individual’s condition. As stated earlier, there are several areas of the body that are suitable for attaining bone grafts. In the maxillofacial region, bone grafts can be taken from inside the mouth, in the area of the chin or third molar region, or in the upper jaw behind the last tooth. In more extensive situations, a greater quantity of bone can be attained from the hip or the outer aspect of the tibia at the knee. When we use the patients own bone for repairs, we generally get the best results.

In many cases, we can use allograft material to implement bone grafting for dental implants. This bone is prepared from cadavers and used to promote the patients own bone to grow into the repair site. It is quite effective and very safe. Synthetic materials can also be used to stimulate bone formation. We even use factors from your own blood to accelerate and promote bone formation in graft areas.

These surgeries are performed in the out-office surgical suite under IV sedation or general anesthesia. After discharge, bed rest is recommended for one day and limited physical activity for one week.

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I would recommend them to anyone and everyone! From the minute I walked in the door I felt very welcome! The staff and Dr. DaBell were very kind and courteous! Thank you very much!

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Everyone was amazing they handled the COVID-19 challenges with ease their office is very nice and the staff was so very friendly even if I wasn’t their patient! They definitely care about me as a person and I had a lot of amazing conversations before I passed out haha. Definitely would recommend coming here Dr. Dabell is super knowledgeable and friendly and answered all of my questions. The nursing staff was also very organized and helpful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ All the way around

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The whole experience was outstanding! The whole staff treated my daughter with great care and respect. Dr. DaBell was awesome and made my daughter feel very relaxed and comfortable. I’ll definitely recommend this office to others!

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Dr. DaBell and his staff are amazing people. So friendly and kind. Scheduling appointments and waiting times have been an ease. I would highly recommend his office.

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Every aspect of my appointment was fear of dental procedures was alleviated by Dr. DaBell who is very calm!! My procedure must have gone well, I personally slept through it.....but my healing has been quick and painless. The staff is thoughtful and caring. I would certainly recommend this office to anyone. In fact, I already have! Thank you

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My two children had their wisdom teeth removed by Dr. DaBell and both children said that they loved his office. His office staff are all very patient and gentle. I have also had a procedure done with Dr. DaBell and I was also impressed with how I was treated in his office. I was also impressed on how fast I was able to get an appointment with their office. I had also had to reschedule an appointment and they were kind enough to have it scheduled for the fallowing week. My time in their office was very quick, I was in and out in fair amount of time. Dr. DaBell answered all my questions and was very knowledgeable of each procedure my family had done in his office. I have recommended his office to several of my friends and will continue to recommend Dr. DaBell to others needing oral surgery.

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Dr. Dabell and his staff were great! They worked my daughter in to get her expose and bond surgery done before school started. She breezed through the surgery and healed nicely. Will definitely refer others there.

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The staff was very welcoming and helpful. There was no bruising or swelling after the procedure. Dr. Dabell called that evening to check on my daughter to see how she was doing. We totally recommend friends and family to Dr. Dabell's office. It was an overall outstanding experience. Thanks again!

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I called in today with a semi emergency needing a tooth extracted. The staff was more than willing to help me get in the office today even with a busy schedule. I got to the office and had no waiting time. The staff and Dr. Dabell all made sure I was comfortable the entire visit. They addressed my concerns and I would have never guess a tooth pulled could be so pleasant. Thank you! I would recommend Dr. Dabell's office time and time again.

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You can tell when someone loves what they do because it comes through in the way they care for you, Dr DaBell goes above and beyond what I ever expected, he truly cares for his patients. Other Dr's should take notice of his bedside manner and the way he conducts himself. I recently moved to Salt Lake City and will continue to see Dr DaBell, that's how much I like this Dr.

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