Bone Grafting

What is a Bone Graft?

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is dissolved. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.

Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place dental implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance.


Why would I need Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. Bone grafts can include socket preservation after an extraction, ridge expansion when the width of the jawbone has diminished or sinus lifts when there is not enough bone between your upper jaw and the maxillary sinuses.


Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP)

Bone Morphogenetic Protein is also used in repairing bony defects and sinus lifts in preparation for dental implants. BMP is a group of growth factors with the ability to induce the formation of bone from your own body’s physiology.  For additional information on BMP, visit on the web.


Should I have any of these procedures done

with I.V. Sedation or General Anesthesia?

Some bone socket preservation procedures can be performed with local anesthetic. More involved procedures such as sinus lifts and socket preservation done in conjunction with extractions may require sedation.  Dr. Pierri will discuss all of your options with you so you can make an informed decision. If sedation is used; our Board Certified M.D. Anesthesiologist will place you in a restful sleep while Dr. Lynn Pierri performs this procedure.


What happens after surgery?

After surgery our Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Certified Registered Nurses will care for you in our recovery room and prepare you for your post-operative period at home. The nurse will provide you and your driver with detailed printed instructions on:

  • how and when to take you medications

  • using the provided ice-packs

  • a suggested diet to follow during your recovery period

  • when you can resume exercising

  • after-care instructions and general precautions

  • when you can start brushing your teeth and rinsing

  • and, will answer any additional questions you may have