Bone Grafting for Implants

Do I Have Enough Bone?

A bone graft placed immediately following the extraction of a tooth will generally help to maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for the placement of an implant several months later.  A graft can also be placed to rebuild lost bone structure at a site where a tooth was removed in the past.

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

Bone grafting is a common office procedure.  Many different bone-grafting materials are available.  Many patients ask about the possible need to harvest bone from another site on their body (donor site).  Fortunately most situations do not require the use of your own bone.

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

You may also need bone grafting if your sinus cavities extend into the tooth-bearing areas. This often occurs when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw have been removed many years before and the amount of bone available for implant placement is limited.  A “sinus lift procedure” is then required.  During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. A graft is then be placed to  ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed. This procedure can sometimes be performed at the time of implant placement.