Bone Grafting: Laying The Groundwork For Dental Implants

Geisler Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery | Lake Oswego OR


Dental implant placement requires adequate jawbone mass and structure. Without sufficient bone mass, there is a higher likelihood that your dental implant could fail early or have trouble fusing with the existing bone. For this reason, bone grafting is sometimes necessary before the implant can be placed.

Dental Implants: Will I need bone grafting?

Dr. Geisler will thoroughly examine your jawbone structure in our office in order to determine whether or not you will need a bone graft. Common reasons that our patients need bone grafting prior to implant placement include:

  • Missing a tooth for several months: Your jawbone begins to deteriorate as soon as you’ve lost a tooth or had an extraction.
  • Trauma or infection: This can lead to a defect in the bone.
  • Missing front teeth: The walls of the front teeth sockets can have a difficult time regenerating on their own because they are so thin.
  • Large or low sinus cavities: A sinus lift may help restore the bone height required for implant placement.

In our practice, about 15 percent of patients do not require bone grafting prior to dental implant placement.

Diagram of inadequate bone
1. Inadequate Bone
Diagram of inadequate bone with grafting material placed
2. Graft Material Placed
Diagram of dental implants placed after bone grafting.
3. Implants Placed

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a very common procedure during which we place donated human bone or your own bone taken from another site in your mouth, into the area that needs extra bulk. Your body naturally grows new bone as your jaw heals over the graft during the next several months. Donated bone grafts develop into your own bone over time.

Can stem cells help with my healing?

Yes! At Geisler Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we will combine bone grafting with platelet rich plasma. Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP for short, is a concentrate of cells that have amazing abilities to aid in tissue regeneration and healing. We draw a small tube of blood from you in order to extract your platelets. This concentrate is then added to your bone graft to aid in healing. There is very strong evidence based medicine and dentistry for the use of PRP in regenerating bone and soft tissue in the mouth.

Does bone grafting add more time to the implant process?

Yes, the process in which new bone grows in your jaw takes several months. Once the bone is sufficiently rejuvenated, Dr. Geisler can move forward with the implant process.

What is recovery from bone grafting like?

Bone grafting may cause some post-op soreness for a few days, but normally, our patients can easily manage this mild pain with over-the-counter medications. We will discuss any necessary prescriptions at your appointment.

Diagram of inadequate bone before bone grafting
1. Inadequate Bone
Diagram of after graft material was added and an implant was placed
2. Graft Material and Implant Placed

For more details on bone grafting and to find out how soon you can have your implants placed, please give us a call! Lake Oswego Office Phone Number 503-534-0114

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