Bone Grafting for Implants

Do I Have Enough Bone?

After tooth extraction, the socket will fill in with new bone naturally in three to four months. In some situations, a bone graft needs to be placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone.

Inadequate Bone for dental implant
1. Inadequate Bone
Bone Graft Material Placed
2. Graft Material Placed
After Dental Implants Placed
3. Implants Placed

There may be inadequate bone for implant placement if your tooth was removed many years ago and your bony ridge is extremely thin. In this case, a bone graft can be placed next to the thin bone and allowed to heal for up to six months. After the graft has fused to your pre-existing bone, the ridge will be re-entered and the implant placed.  Many different bone-grafting materials are available, including your own bone.

Inadequate Bone for dental implant
1. Inadequate Bone
Bone Graft Material and Dental Implant Placed
2. Graft Material and Implant Placed

Sometimes, bone grafting in the sinus areas are needed. This often occurs when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw have been missing for many years.  A “sinus grafting procedure” is then required.  During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed.