Bone Grafts


Insufficient bone foundation
Photo of patient before bone graft


Bone grafts provided implant support
Photo of patient after bone graft

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is required when patients do not have enough bone to support a dental implant. Because a dental implant is screwed directly into the jawbone, sufficient bone volume is imperative. This procedure can literally “build” the bone — increasing height and thickness — to provide better anchorage for the implant. Bone grafts may either simultaneously accompany or may be performed six months prior to your implant placement surgery. The exact sequencing of treatment varies depending on circumstances specific to your case.

Where does the bone come from? Tissues are sometimes harvested from other areas of your mouth. Human, animal or synthetic materials may also be obtained from a tissue bank. These graft materials are sterile, non-living, acellular and without antigenic properties, thereby eliminating risks of disease transfer or graft-versus-host rejection.

For a patient who has an insufficient bone foundation, a bone graft will greatly increase the chance of a successful implant restoration. Drs. Bryant and Pavinee are highly skilled in these procedures, and they will discuss your options, along with the risks and benefits of each.