Bone Grafting | Westminster MA

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.

Minor Bone Grafting

When a tooth is removed the patient will loose a significant amount of bone in the area of the extraction. Both height and width levels are lost making implant placement in the future very difficult. Even if a implant is not placement a bridge is not as esthetically pleasing if bone is lost after the extraction. Loss of bone can also cause various problems from sinus issues, gum disease and lack of stability of neighboring teeth.

After a tooth is extracted a procedure known as Ridge Preservation is performed. the socket where the tooth once was is completely cleaned and bone is placed directly into the socket then covered by a membrane to prevent gum tissue from growing into the socket. There are different types of bone available to be used and Dr. Manzella will review with you which bone is appropriate for you particular circumstance.

Once the bone is placed into the socket, the healing process generally takes 3 to 9 months. At this point a dental implant can be placed where the new bone is.

Are You a Candidate for Bone Grafting

Advances in the field of oral surgery have made bone grafting procedures much simpler. Wachusett Family Dental provides excellent care with great patient outcomes.

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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 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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Wachusett Family Dental

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I've been a patient at Wachusett Family Dental of at least 10 years. I have never been a fan of going to the dentist but my experience here has been enjoyable. I am always been greeted with a smile and ushered right in. Amber has become a friend that I look forward to seeing and talking with. Dr. Palermo is attentive and gentle, listens to patients, and gets us right out of there. I highly recommend this office if you're skittish about dental work.

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For the past 11 years I can honestly say that going to the Dentist has never, ever been torture. It has always been a pleasure. I have been treated with the utmost respect, courtesy, professionalism, and the staff are friendly, kind and caring. The services you provide are exemplary. Everyone takes great pride in the work they do and it shows. Your positivity, along with your smiles goes a long way in creating long lasting client relationships and rapport.

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I can't say enough about Dr. Palermo and his amazing staff. They are highly skilled and caring. I always feel welcome there and they never try to upcharge me or perform unnecessary procedures. If you are looking for a dentist or not satisfied with your current one give them a try. You will never look back.

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Being seen on the first day of the "opening" during the pandemic I found this practice to be completely prepared to keep both the patients and the staff as safe as possible. They are doing a wonderful job there and you should have no fear of going for whatever procedure you might need. I give them all a two thumbs up!

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Everyone made me feel so comfortable! Very knowledgeable and friendly staff , dentist was excellent ! Highly recommend ! Very clean and modern space, makes you feel at home!

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Great service and friendly staff. Dr. P saw me right away and took care of my pain. Very Happy.

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I saw Tiffany the other day and she is amazing!

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I was so nervous coming in, Dr. Palermo and his staff made me feel so welcome and relaxed, I just want to say "Thank You"!

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Very happy to be a patient here!

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Very impressed with how this office feels clean and sterile yet like a home. Will get the rest of the family to come.....

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Very impressed with how both clean, sterile yet homy this office feels. Will want the rest of my family to come...

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I've always been fearful of the dentist. This started from when I was a little kid. However after coming to see Dr. Palermo this has changed. From the time I walked into the office I felt welcome. The office reminds me of a home. Everyone if friendly and courteous. Dr. Palermo made me feel calm and relaxed. I'm so happy I found a great dentist!

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Beautiful Office. Very impressed with the doctor's knowledge and the staff's willingness to help. Would recommend all my family and friends!

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