Alveolar bone graft

For children who have clefts going through the gum line, bone must be placed in the gap in order to provide a stable platform for the canine tooth to erupt. During this procedure, a small amount of bone is taken from the hip and packed into the gap. This surgery is typically performed when the child is between 7 and 9 years of age. The precise timing is guided by a pediatric dentist who uses x-rays to determine when the canine tooth is forming and preparing to descend.