What is a Bone Grafting Procedure?

Bone grafting allows denturists to repair smiles using dental implants. Learn about the benefits of this procedure and whether or not it’s the right one for you.

Dental implants are one of the most popular and innovative tooth replacement options today. With advancements in denture technology, dental implants give patients many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options including:

  • more natural look, feel, and function.
  • better speaking and chewing ability.
  • they don’t require messy adhesives and will never move or shift.
  • jaw strength preservation
  • better oral health

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What is a Bone Grafting Procedure?

During a bone grafting procedure, your dentist or denturist takes a section of bone from another area of your body, or uses a special bone grafting material, to replace any missing bone you have in the jaw and build a solid foundation for your new dental implants.

Who needs a bone graft?

For patients who are missing teeth but who don’t have the jaw bone structure to be able to put in a direct dental implant, bone grafting is a technique that can be used to shore up the bone and ensure that the implant procedure is successful.

There are a few reasons why a jaw bone may not be able to support a dental implant, including:

  • bone loss from prior tooth loss
  • congenital birth conditions
  • previous injury to the jaw bone
  • advanced gum disease
  • insufficient bone density and thickness

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Benefits of a Bone Grafting Procedure Before Getting Dental Implants

Bone grafting has become an essential tool in the arsenal of a dentist or denturist, allowing them to restore the function and beauty to smiles using dental implants. While the sound of it may be intimidating, when performed by a qualified professional, a bone graft is quick, minimally invasive, and typically performed on an outpatient basis.

It has many advantages, including the fact that it:

  • preserves the jawbone at the region where a tooth is missing or extracted.
  • prepares the extraction site for future dental implants.
  • preserves the volume and shape of the jawbone
  • helps restore the functionality and aesthetics of your smile.
  • creates a more solid base for the dental implants.


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It’s impossible for patients who are missing teeth to know if their natural jawbone tissue is sufficient to hold dental implants. Only a dental healthcare professional can tell you that after a thorough examination.

REMEMBER: While a bone grafting procedure can seem overwhelming, there are important reasons and benefits for doing it. Don’t be discouraged if your denturist suggests a bone graft before dental implants - know that they’re just looking out for the best possible outcome for you.


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To find out if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, and how we can help restore the function and beauty to your smile, contact our Calgary denture clinic today at (403) 475-0016 or fill in our online contact form.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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