21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010

Bone Grafting for Implants

Is there sufficient bone for dental implants?

Following a tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are thick, they will naturally fill in with bone after about 2 to 3 months. However, when the walls of your socket are thin (like along your upper and lower front teeth), it can add to the healing time. In these situations, a bone graft is placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone.

This extra step maintains the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement in the future.

An example of a jaw with inadequate front bone structure to support an implant
1. Inadequate Bone
A depiction of the placed bone grafting material to increase the bone structure
2. Graft Material Placed
A representation of dental implants placed after bone grafting
3. Implants Placed

If there is insufficient bone available for implants or if your tooth was removed some time ago, a bone graft can be placed next to the thin bone and allowed to heal for approximately 3 months. After the graft has fused to your pre-existing bone, the ridge can be re-entered by the surgeon who will then place the implant. Bone grafting is a relatively straightforward and painless dental procedure and there are many different bone grafting materials available, including your own bone.

A jaw lacking enough bone in the back of the mouth for a dental implant
1. Inadequate Bone
An example of a dental implant after adding jaw structure with bone grafting
2. Graft Material and Implant Placed

Patients can also have bone grafting done if their sinus cavities in their upper jaw are large or low, and extend into the tooth-bearing areas. This can happen when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw have been removed some time ago, and the amount of bone available becomes limited. A sinus grafting procedure might be required which is performed in our surgical practice with local anesthesia (and sometimes sedation). During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that correct dental implants can be placed. This procedure can often be performed at the time of implant placement.

Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, P.C.
Deer Park Office

21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010
Tel: (847) 381-0106
Fax: (847) 381-0265

Deer Park Oral Surgeons, Dr. J. Travis Thompson and Dr. Stephen Martin, manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation, call our office in Deer Park, IL at Deer Park Office Phone Number (847) 381-0106.