When you are preparing for a dental implant, our periodontist may need to perform a bone grafting procedure before you can receive your replacement tooth. Bone grafting is required when your jawbone is not dense enough or thick enough to support an implant.

Why Bone Grafting is Needed

While bone grafts are most frequently needed to support dental implants, they may also be required as part of a periodontal treatment after you have lost bone tissue due to gum disease. Bone grafting not only works to improve your health, but also helps improve your appearance to give you an overall healthier look.

Procedure

During your grafting procedure, Dr. Smith will transplant a piece of bone from another area of your body to your jawbone. We typically see the best results with bone taken from your own body, however, we can also use artificial bone material or bone fragments from a tissue bank to perform this treatment. Your jawbone then integrates with the grafted bone material to create a strong, more stable foundation for your implant.

Your recovery time following bone grafting depends on the injury or defect that was treated and the size of the bone graft, and may last up to 3 months. We will provide you to detailed post-treatment care instructions to help you heal properly.

If you have any questions about bone grafting, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith, please contact our office today.