Dental Implants: Do You Need Bone Grafting?

Are you thinking about choosing dental implants to complete your smile in the wake of tooth loss? If so, we applaud your decision to consider this dental prosthetic solution that may last a lifetime, while offering exceptional stability. However, making this decision requires you to qualify for treatment because implants are more complex than most replacement solutions. One of the requirements includes a strong, healthy jawbone to support the implant. Fortunately, patients suffering from jawbone health problems may benefit from bone grafting, preparing them to receive implants. Suffering from jawbone deterioration and ready to learn more? Read further:

Why You Need Bone Grafting

Dental implants are titanium posts that we surgically place in your jawbone. Your bone will need to be healthy and strong enough to support the implant. Think about what happens when you chew – you place an enormous amount of pressure on your teeth. If your jawbone is unhealthy or cannot support the implant, this process will be unsuccessful. We will need to improve the health and volume of your bone tissue so you can move forward with implants.

Why Your Jaw Is Unhealthy

Jawbone damage and deterioration occur as the result of many underlying factors.Your jaw may have suffered as a result of severe gum disease, a physical impact, or poor jawbone development as a result of heredity. Rather than feeling bad about this, you should feel confident about learning how to avoid further damage, while investigating how bone grafting may work for you.

About Grafting

Bone grafting is a treatment that may include one of two methods. First, we may place additional bone tissue over a deteriorated spot through a surgical procedure and end the process there. Or, we may choose bone tissue regeneration. In addition to placing tissue onto your bone, we may cover the site with a protective barrier – this may cause your bone to grow some of its own tissue for excellent results. Once your jawbone is healthy enough, you may move forward with implants.


Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.