Bone Grafting: Laying the Groundwork for Dental Implants

In order to place a dental implant, there must first be adequate bone. Without sufficient bone mass, a dental implant may not be able to be placed at that site.  For this reason, bone grafting is sometimes required before the implant is placed.

Will I need bone grafting?

Only a thorough clinical and radiologic examination in our office can tell us if you will need a bone graft, but here are a few commonly occurring instances that indicate its necessity:

  • When a tooth has been missing for an extended period of time and did not have an implant or graft placed at the same time, it is possible that you have lost bone mass and would require bone grafting prior to implant placement.
  • You experienced trauma or infection that caused a defect in the bone.
  • Missing front teeth: The walls of the front teeth sockets are often very thin and have a difficult time regenerating on their own.
  • Sinus cavities that are very large or low. In this case, a sinus lift may be required to help restore the bone height needed for implant placement.

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For more information about Bone Grafting for Implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Falk, Dr. Vitale or Dr. Niebloom, contact us today!


An example of a jaw with inadequate front bone structure to support an implant
1. Inadequate Bone
A depiction of the placed bone grafting material to increase the bone structure
2. Graft Material Placed
A representation of dental implants placed after bone grafting
3. Implants Placed

What exactly is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a very common procedure during which we implant donated bone to reconstruct a deficient site and eliminate the bony defect to provide a stable base for the implant. The jaw then heals for several months to allow your body to grow new bone in the area.

A jaw lacking enough bone in the back of the mouth for a dental implant
1. Inadequate Bone
An example of a dental implant after adding jaw structure with bone grafting
2. Graft Material and Implant Placed

Does bone grafting add more time to the implant process?

Yes, it takes several months for new bone to grow in the jaw. Once the grafted site is matured, Dr. Falk, Dr. Vitale and Dr. Niebloom can resume the implant process.

What is recovery from bone grafting like?

Bone grafting may cause some post-op soreness and swelling for a few days, but typically this mild pain can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Any necessary prescriptions will be discussed at your appointment.

For more details on bone grafting and to find out how soon you can have your implants placed, please give us a call!

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