Bone Grafting

Bone Grafting at Pristine Oral Surgery

Bone grafting is a critical procedure in restorative dentistry and oral surgery, especially when preparing for dental implants. At Pristine Oral Surgery, we specialize in both major and minor bone grafting techniques to enhance the structure and density of the jawbone, ensuring a solid foundation for implant placement and optimal facial aesthetics.


What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to rebuild bone through the transplantation of bone tissue. By transplanting healthy bone tissue, we can recreate bone and supporting tissues that are missing due to atrophy or resorption. This is essential for patients who have experienced bone loss following tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma.

Why is Bone Grafting Necessary?

  • Preventive Care: Following the loss of one or more teeth, the jawbone may begin to atrophy due to the absence of the tooth roots. This can lead to further dental complications and facial structural changes.
  • Dental Implants: Adequate bone density and volume are paramount for the successful placement of dental implants. Bone grafting provides the necessary support for implants, allowing for the placement of implants of adequate length and width.
  • Aesthetic Restoration: Bone loss can lead to changes in facial structure, affecting your overall appearance. Bone grafting helps maintain the natural shape of your face and jaw.

Types of Bone Grafts

  1. Minor Bone Grafting: Minor grafting is typically performed when shallow spots of bone loss need correction or when dental implants require a solid base.
  2. Major Bone Grafting: Major bone grafting is used for more extensive reconstruction needs, such as those resulting from traumatic injuries, tumor surgeries, or congenital defects. Bone for grafting is usually sourced from the patient’s own body—from areas like the jaw, hip (iliac crest), or tibia (below the knee). Major grafts might require a hospital stay as these are more complex procedures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A bone graft may be necessary if your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft. This is important because the powerful forces created during chewing require the implant to be firmly anchored into the jaw.

Grafting material can be taken from your own bone (autograft), from a donor (allograft), or synthetic materials. The choice depends on the specific needs of the implant site and your personal health profile.

Recovery varies depending on the extent of the grafting. Minor grafts may heal in a few months, while major grafts with large amounts of transplanted bone might require more time.

Yes, bone grafting is a safe and well-established procedure that has been used successfully for many years in dentistry and reconstructive surgery. Risks are minimal but can include infection, swelling, and minor pain at the graft site.