Bone Grafting

Bone Regeneration in Rancho Cucamonga CA

For dental implants to be successful long term, they need to be placed in a good foundation of jaw bone. Unfortunately, sometimes the foundation is not adequate and requires a  bone grafting or re-building procedure prior to implant placement. Bone loss occurs in areas where teeth have been missing over extended periods of time. The only function of jaw bone is to support teeth, and when teeth are removed, the bone naturally resorbs, or goes away. Chronic infection, gum disease, or trauma can cause more pronounced bone loss. Using 3D CBCT imaging, we are able to assess the quantity of the jaw bone to see if you are a candidate for bone grafting.

Types of Bone Grafting Procedures

There are a variety of bone grafting procedures with different types of materials. The location of the problem and type of problem (width vs height) will determine the specific procedure required. The following is a list of commonly used bone grafting procedures.

Sinus Lift bone graft

When back teeth in the top jaw need to be replaced, the space is limited by the maxillary sinuses. These sinuses are air filled cavities in your cheek bones that are involved in breathing. Over time, the maxillary sinuses can become enlarged in a process called “pneumatization,” and limits the vertical space for implant placement. In these cases, the graft is placed in the sinus cavity to recreate the foundation. In most cases, dental implants can be placed at the same time as the sinus lift bone graft in 1 surgery. However, in severe bone loss, the sinus lift bone graft is done first and the implants placed at a second stage.

Socket graft

When teeth are removed, the hole that is left behind in the jaw bone is termed the extraction socket. The socket contains 4 walls and a floor and needs to be replaced with bone in order to provide the foundation for a dental implant. This process of bone replacement can occur naturally. However, when one of the walls of the socket is thin or lost (due to infection, gum disease, or position of the tooth), it needs to be replaced. The best time to do this procedure is at the same time as the tooth extraction.

Ridge augmentation

Ridge augmentation is general term that refers to rebuilding jaw bone that has been lost. Typically these are more extensive procedures that may requiring cutting the jaw bone or using titanium mesh.

Types of Bone Grafting materials

There are several different options for bone grafts and selection of material depends on the situation.

Autograft (your own bone)

The best option for a graft is to replace missing bone with your own bone. However, it requires a second surgical site in a different part of your body with additional risks and healing time.

Allograft (cadaveric bone)

Bone is harvested from a cadaver jaw bone and placed through a stringent sterilization process. The risk of disease transmission is almost non-existent. The material acts as a scaffold and resorbs or goes away over time and gets replaced by your own bone. It is typically used it routine socket grafts or in combination with other biologic materials.

Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rh-BMP 2, Infuse)

BMP-2 is an exciting new product that has been FDA approved for socket grafts and sinus lift bone grafts. It is found naturally in your body and stimulates the creation of bone-forming cells. Typically it is used in more challenging situations.

Patient Reviews

Inland Empire Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

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Best dental visit I have ever had!! My wife and I were very impressed with the overall care I received, the professionalism and knowledge of the entire staff and the outcome! Thank you for going the extra mile to care for your patients!

- Robert T

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This was my second procedure with this Dr and office. I cannot say enough to thank this office for the smiles and compassion they give to their patients! Not to mention the BEST lip balm in the world! Thank you to Cathy, Crystal and Dr. Choi for their excellent team work. In closing, it was very generous enough and welcome of Dr Choi and my referring Dentist Dr Stowells to send me such a beautiful and thoughtful gift of spring flowers to cheer me during my recover!!

- Sharon W

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Dr Dudziak is the best, very high energy and comforting.

- David C

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I had a wonderful experience and exceptional care at Inland Empire Oral & Maxillofacial's Upland office. I received a bone graft for a future implant and the procedure went smoothly. Dr. Dudziak and Gabby were great. They explained the procedure and made me fell comfortable at all times.

- Don B

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Dr. Dudziak and his staff Valerie, Jeannette, and Gabby are great. Dr. Dudziak thoroughly explained the procedure and took the time to answer all of my questions. They made sure I was comfortable and pain free. I highly recommend them!

- Leah L

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Thank you so much for making the first procedure so easy. Team Valerie and Gaby were awesome, and so easy to talk to and so willing to answer my many questions. Their easy going attitudes and sense of humor helped ease so much of the worry. MaryAnne the recovery nurse was great also. The entire staff made this first procedure so easy.........I am confident the rest will be also.

- Robert S

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I can't begin to say enough good things about Dr. Dudziak and his staff, Jannett, Valaurie and Maryann were amazing during my procedure, I hope I didn't miss anyone. In addition to everyone in the front office as well, from the Courtney the moment you walk in to when you're leaving after the surgery, it's just a wonderful experience. Not to mention that I've had little to no pain and am healing extremely well just a few days after. I have already recommended Dr. Dudziak to several people and will continue to, I will say I get a funny look when I do because it's not everyday you tell people how great your Oral Surgeon is, but in this case I feel it's important.

- John E

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Once again, today I was treated to a great dental experience at this office -- very professional and great positive energy. Dr. Dudziak did a great job cleaning/preparing and bone grafting my tooth area for an eventual implant in a few months. He explained his steps and cracked a couple of jokes too! The Doctor was able to do all of this so smoothly because he had surgical assistants Gabby and Liz (and later, toward the end of the process, another woman whose name I did not get) to assist him during the procedure. Gabby and Liz provided expert and comforting assistance to me before and during the procedure. Sandi was, as always, the super coordinator and point-of-contact person. Jeanette went over all the post-operative care procedures with me Mary Ann is my follow up recovery contact person. I look forward to contacting her if I need to. I am glad to have been referred to this office by my primary dentist. They have made getting an implant painless and even (gasp) a bit enjoyable! THANK YOU!!!

- Reginald C

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Dr. Hicke and his Staff made my Surgery so much better than I ever would have imagined.

- Charles V

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I will definitely return for to have my implants done.

- Carol B

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Dr.Matthew E Dudziak did excellent work. Sandi really helpful and Gabby gave me comfort, the Staff is awesome. Job well-done Thanks!

- Ismael F

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I was extremely happy with this office. They are personable and genuinely care about your well being. The type of surgery I had, I would not trust any surgeon but having a consultation, I immediately knew I was in good hands. All of the office staff are extremely efficient and professional. They provide excellent care and information giving you a sense of well being.

- Dena Kelber

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The service was very inviting and welcoming the office and waiting area was nice clean and pleasant. All around the care and service was great

- debbie b

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The staff was very friendly and courteous. It was a good experience and would recommend this office to others.

- David D

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Very impressed...

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