Bone Grafts with Pinewood Dentistry and Implants

When Is A Bone Graft Necessary?

A patient suffering from severe bone loss may benefit from a surgical procedure known as bone grafting. This is the surgical transfer of synthetic, donor, or autogenous bone (from your own body) into the jawbone to replace missing bone volume in the jaw. 

Over time, the jawbone grows around the grafting material and becomes integrated together, regenerating missing bone tissue. There are many reasons why a patient might have bone loss – tooth loss, gum disease, a misaligned bite, teeth grinding, or certain medical conditions that can cause bone resorption. 

By replacing missing bone tissue, patients can create support for dental implants, restore support to their facial muscles, create a proper fit for dentures, and restore tooth functionality. Contact us at Pinewood Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.

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Thanks to bone grafts, patients never have to worry about bone resorption again.

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Our Grafting Process: What To Expect



Dr. Fantaski will assess the severity of bone loss through digital x-rays

Pain Relief & Sedation Options

To prevent you from feeling pain, Dr. Fantaski will administer local anesthesia and offer you the option to be sedated.


Once you’re fully numb or sedated, an incision will be made into your gums, and the gums will be peeled back to reveal access to the jawbone.

Insertion of Bone Graft

We will insert the bone graft into the area with an adhesive. Sometimes a membrane is applied over the graft for protection.


The gums are repositioned and sutured shut.


It will take a few months for your bone graft to heal. Dr. Fantaski will provide you with aftercare instructions to promote healing.

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What Is The Healing Process After A Bone Graft?

While the surgical site will heal pretty quickly, the bone itself will take about three months to fully heal. Some minor swelling and bruising are normal following this procedure. You may experience mild discomfort for a few days, which can be relieved with pain medication.

You will need to eat soft foods for at least the first few days after surgery. Apply a cold compress to the area and keep your head elevated to relieve swelling. You cannot have implants placed until the bone graft has fully healed. 

You will not be permitted to engage in strenuous exercise within six months of receiving a bone graft. You need to keep the area dry and practice good oral hygiene. Tobacco products should be completely avoided. If your dentist prescribes you antibiotics, take them as instructed.

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Is A Bone Graft Permanent?

Once the bone graft has fully healed, it will permanently restore the bone density in your jaw. Over time, the adhesive holding the bone graft in place will dissolve, and the bone will become embedded with the bone graft. However, your bone graft can fail or become infected if you don’t practice good oral hygiene or follow aftercare instructions.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Bone Graft?

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Most bone graft candidates are patients who want to replace missing teeth with dental implants but lack the necessary bone density to do so. Bone grafts can create this support by regenerating missing bone structure. 

If you have suffered from tooth loss, gum disease, dental trauma, or other forms of bone loss but you’re in good oral and overall health, you’re a great candidate for bone grafts. It’s also important that you don’t smoke when receiving bone grafts. 

Patients may desire bone grafts for reasons other than dental implants. The jawbone is important for many reasons, including maintaining an aesthetic facial structure, supporting the muscles around your mouth, and facilitating mouth movements like chewing.

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Bone loss occurs after tooth loss because the jawbone no longer receives stimulation from chewing forces which tell it to regenerate new cells.

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