Bone grafting is a procedure in which bone volume is augmented or regenerated in order to provide adequate support to dental implants. Bone loss is usually the result of extensive dental decay, advanced periodontal (gum) disease, trauma, or developmental defect. If you are considering dental implants, you must have healthy gums, adequate bone width and height to properly support them. If your bone is too soft, thin or low, you will need a bone graft to build up a good foundation to support the future implants and prosthesis. Bone graft material is sourced from other parts of your jawbone or processed bone from tissue banks. The Bone Grafting Process Before a bone graft procedure, Dr. Le will conduct an in-depth examination, including a 3-D Conebeam image of your jaws and an overall health evaluation. Bunker Hill Dentistry is one of a few dental offices that is equipped with a 3-D Conebeam machine which is essential when planning implant and graft surgeries. There are several different ways to do bone grafting and we will determine the most appropriate option for your condition and needs. After the operation, it will take at least four to six months for the area to be strong enough to support an implant. If you are interested in this procedure, contact us today!