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Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that’s often performed in conjunction with dental implant placement. It’s used to rebuild or strengthen the jawbone, which is necessary for successful implant placement.

When a tooth is lost or extracted, the bone that supported the tooth begins to shrink over time. This can make it difficult or impossible to place a dental implant without first rebuilding the bone. Bone grafting involves adding bone material to the jawbone to create a stable foundation for dental implants.

There are several types of bone grafts that may be used in conjunction with dental implant placement, including:

Autogenous bone grafts:

This involves using bone material taken from another part of the patient's body, such as the hip or the chin. Autogenous bone grafts are considered the gold standard for bone grafting because they provide the best results.


This involves using bone material from a donor. Allografts are a good option for patients who can't or don't want to undergo an autogenous bone graft.


This involves using bone material from a different species, such as a cow or pig. Xenografts are used less frequently than other types of bone grafts but can be a good option for patients who have limited donor site options.

Once the bone graft has been placed, it will take several months for it to fuse with the existing jawbone and create a stable foundation for dental implants. After the bone has healed, the dental implant can be placed in the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone, a process known as osseointegration. Once the implant has fully integrated with the bone, a dental crown or bridge can be attached to the implant to replace the missing teeth.

At Salmon Creek Dental, we specialize in dental implant placement and bone grafting procedures. Our team of skilled professionals will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your unique situation, whether it involves bone grafting or another tooth replacement option. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how bone grafting can help restore your smile.

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