Written by: on August 11, 2015 @ 7:48 am

jawboneA bone graft procedure involves replacing lost bone tissue in the jawbone and encouraging new bone growth. Your jawbone can lose tissue, or atrophy, when you lose a tooth. The purpose of your jaw is to hold your teeth. In return your teeth stimulate your jawbone keeping it strong and healthy when you bite and chew. If there is a missing tooth, the jawbone has nothing to anchor and no longer receives the stimulation it needs. This results in atrophy or resorbtion. In other words, your jaw bone begins to shrink. If this happens, you will need a bone graft to restore your jawbone to health, especially if you wanted to restore the missing tooth with an implant.

What to Expect

The tissue used for a bone graft is often taken from the hard palate of your mouth (the top of your mouth), so you may have more than one incision. The other incision would be where the tooth is missing and the bone needs to be attached to the jaw. Before the onset of the procedure a local anesthetic will be administered to both sites. If the surgery is going to be more invasive (if a large area of bone is involved) then both a general anesthetic and a local will be administered.  The surgical steps include:

  • Making an incision in the gingival tissue at the required site
  • Gently moving the tissue away from the jaw bone
  • Placing the new bone tissue (and sometimes tissue stimulating proteins or platelet-rich growth liquid) at the site
  • Suturing the gum tissue back into place

Reasons for Bone Grafting

There are several reasons a patient may require a bone graft, including:


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

Catogories: Bone Grafting, Restorative Dentistry

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