Some patients may have inadequate bone to support a dental implant after tooth loss. A congenital problem, illness, medical treatment or injury may leave insufficient bone for an implant. If so, your oral surgeon may recommend a bone grafting procedure in advance of a dental implant placement procedure.

When performing a bone graft, our oral surgeons take bone from another site in the body, often the chin or hip, and place it at the targeted site in the mouth. Although many patients and oral surgeons prefer to use the patient’s own bone for grafting, processed sterilized donor bone may be obtained from other sources as well. The dental implant treatment timeline may be extended by a bone graft, but the investment of extra time will pay dividends in the end if it improves the patient’s chances of dental implant success.

The bone graft is often a straightforward procedure that is generally performed in our office. As with all other types of oral surgery, it is important for the patient to be prepared for any preliminary steps that need to be taken in advance of the oral surgery as well as post-operative care. Be sure to discuss these topics with your oral surgeon as you plan for the bone graft.