Frequently Asked Questions About Bone Grafting

If there isn’t enough bone in your jaw to support dental implants, bone grafting might be an option. Your Cerritos, CA, oral surgeon Dr. Hofkes addresses common questions about bone grafting.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure of transplanting living tissue from a variety of sources to restore bone tissue that has deteriorated or been destroyed. Grafting involves placing new, healthy cells in the areas of the missing bone. The new cells then start the rebuilding process and remodel the graft material into functioning bone.

Why is bone grafting needed?

Tooth loss often leads to bone loss over time in the jaw. If the bone under the gum is not tall and/or wide enough to support dental implants, grafting will “build” enough bone for the implant procedure.

Where does the bone come from?

Typical bone tissue sources include your own bone tissue or artificial tissue. If your own bone tissue is used, it usually is taken from your chin or the back part of your lower jaw.

How is bone grafting done?

Dr. Hofkes will first numb the area to be grafted and then carefully move your gums away from the bone and any surrounding teeth. The graft will be placed onto the area to be built up, and Dr. Hofkes will complete the procedure by stitching your gums back in place.

If Dr. Hofkes chooses guided tissue regeneration, he might place a barrier over the bone tissue graft to prevent the gums from invading the site during the healing process. This protects and aids in stimulating the growth of the bone tissue.

How long does it take to heal?

It usually takes six to nine months for a bone graft to fully heal and be ready for dental implants.

About Shawn Hofkes, DDS

At Cerritos Dental Surgery, Dr. Hofkes is dedicated to providing you with the care to help you achieve a healthy, brilliant smile. For a consultation, contact us today at 562-584-4082. The Cerritos Dental Surgery office is conveniently located to patients residing in Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, Fullerton, and surrounding communities.