Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in order to repair bone fractures that are extremely complex, pose a significant health risk to the patient, or fail to heal properly. Some kind of small or acute fractures can be cured but the risk is greater for large fractures like compound fractures.
Bone generally has the ability to regenerate completely but requires a very small fracture space or some sort of scaffold to do so. Bone grafts may be autologous (bone harvested from the patient's own body, often from the iliac crest), allograft (cadaveric bone usually obtained from a bone bank), or synthetic (often made of hydroxyapatite or other naturally occurring and biocompatible substances) with similar mechanical properties to bone. Most bone grafts are expected to be reabsorbed and replaced as the natural bone heals over a few months' time.
The principles involved in successful bone grafts include osteoconduction (guiding the reparative growth of the natural bone), osteoinduction (encouraging undifferentiated cells to become active osteoblasts), and osteogenesis (living bone cells in the graft material contribute to bone remodeling). Osteogenesis only occurs with autograft tissue and allograft cellular bone matrices.
We are an accredited non-hospital surgical facility committed to providing you with the utmost care.
OMFS requires many additional years of hospital based residency in both surgical and anesthesia training after graduating from dental school.
From CBCT imaging and multiple extrations to dental implants and bone grafting, our full-scope oral surgery procedures have you covered.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgery facility uses state-of-the-art technology, including a CBCT 3D x-ray machine, operated by experienced oral surgeons and technicians.
We are an accredited non-hospital surgical facility and perform most surgical procedures at our facility, or within the Red Deer Regional Hospital where required.