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Dr. Ian Boyd
#101 – 9840 Fifth St
Sidney, BC   V8L 2X3
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“If you want to be successful in a particular field of endeavour, I think perseverance is one of the key qualities. It’s very important that you find something that you care about, that you have a deep passion for, because you’re going to have to devote a lot of your life to it.”
- George Lucas

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle

"Fine Dentistry is a work of love. We didn’t launch into this project just with the idea of making money."
- Dr. Ian Boyd

"Your mouth is the ultimate accessory."
- Dr. Ian Boyd

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives."
- William A. Foster

"You will never go wrong when you select quality."
- Dr. Ian Boyd

If you think you can or cannot . . .you are probably right.

“We have the ability to change people’s lives. Their eyes and smiles are two of the most important aspects of their appearance.”
- Anonymous

Through years of helping people improve their smiles, Dr. Boyd has developed a good understanding of the importance of a great smile and how people feel when the smile is less than ideal.

Precision care and attention to detail take time."

“These days, most dentist’s chairs go up and down, don’t they? The one I was in went back and forwards. I thought, “This is unusual”. And then the dentist said to me “OK Mr. Vine – time to get out of the filing cabinet”.
- Tim Vine

“Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you.”
- Soupy Sales

"I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth."
- Anonymous




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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Bone Grafting

This tooth is unrestorable due to the large amount of bone loss that is missing on the front side of the tooth

This tooth is unrestorable due to the large amount of bone loss that is missing on the front side of the tooth.

The tooth is removed and there is a large hole in the bone that needs to be filled in

The tooth is removed and there is a large hole in the bone that needs to be filled in.

The defect in the bone is filled in with bone used from various sources

The defect in the bone is filled in with bone used from various sources.

The gum is the covered up

The gum is the covered up. The goal is to preserve the height of the bone so that an implant can be placed.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafts are used to fill in defects where the bone is missing around the teeth or where bone is needed for implants. The <em>Catch 22</em> with dental implants is that you need bone to support the implant, but the reason most people need an implant is that they lost their tooth or teeth due to a lack of bone. In cases where there is a lack of bone, it is necessary to replace bone through bone grafting. Bone grafting procedures can be used to build up or fill in jawbone defects allowing the placement of dental implants. These techniques represent some of the greatest advances in modern dentistry. There are generally four types of bone grafts used:


Autografts are those where the bone to be grafted to the jaw is taken, or harvested, from your own body. The donor site, which is where the bone is harvested from, is usually the mouth or the hip. This is your own bone and is very compatible with your body. Autografts are generally the best grafting technique and usually result in the greatest regeneration of missing jawbone.


Allografts are taken from human donors. Many countries have donor programs where you can specify that in the event of your death, parts may be harvested from your body to save or improve the life of others. Heart transplants are one type of allograft. This can represent one of the greatest gifts you can ever give. Bone obtained in this manner undergoes rigorous tests and sterilization. Your body "converts" the donor bone into your natural bone, thereby rebuilding your resorbed jawbone.


Alloplastic grafts are made from inert, man-made synthetic materials. The modern artificial joint replacement procedure uses metal alloplastic grafts. For bone replacement, a man-made material that mimics natural bone is used. Most often this is a form of calcium phosphate. Depending on how it is made, it may be "resorbable" or "non-resorbable." That is, your body may or may not replace the alloplastic graft with your natural bone. In those cases where it is not replaced, it acts as a lattice or scaffold upon which natural bone is built. In either case, the end result is to create enough bone for the placement of dental implants.


Xenografts are harvested from animals. The animal bone, most commonly bovine (cow), is specially processed to make it biocompatible and sterile. It acts like a "filler" which in time your body will replace with natural bone. After this replacement process is complete dental implants may be placed to support the missing teeth.

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