Bone Grafting – Houston, TX

Preparation for Successful Dental Implant Placement

If you have lost one or more teeth, opting for a dental implant ensures you receive a sturdy, natural-looking, and comprehensive tooth replacement. If your teeth have been missing for a while, if you have had gum disease, or if you just have a small or weak jawbone to begin with, you may not have enough healthy bone structure for the successful anchoring of each dental implant. In these cases, your doctor will recommend bone grafting in Housotn, TX to prevent implant failure.

What Is a Bone Graft?

Animated dental implant post placed into a bone graft

Successful bone grafts strengthen the jawbone to better support dental implants. After the dental implant is placed, the jaw gradually grows around it in the process known as osseointegration. Without plenty of supportive structure, it is difficult for the bone to fuse with the dental implant.

During the bone graft procedure, your oral surgeon takes healthy bone tissue from a donor site and places it into the treatment site. Donor tissue may be taken from elsewhere in the body or from a cow (a common donor method known as a “xenograft”). An artificial material may also be used.

During the graft, the donor tissue is placed into the area where volume has been lost. Then, over a period of several months, the graft is allowed to heal and integrate with your jaw before the dental implant is placed. In some cases, though, the dental implant can be placed at the same time as the bone graft procedure is performed.

What Type of Bone Graft Do You Need?

Animated smile with dental implant replacement tooth after bone grafting procedure

Your oral surgeon will decide how much new bone tissue you need and whether or not your dental implants can be placed on the same day. If it’s the upper back molars that are being replaced, you may need a special type of bone augmentation called a sinus lift since bone in the back of the jaw may be too weak or small to support dental implants. To perform a sinus lift, your oral surgeon opens the area behind the upper back molars, lifts the sinus up to create space in the area, then fills it with donor tissue.


Dentist examining patient's smile after bone grafting procedure

If your dental implants cannot be placed on the same day, we will carefully discuss your aftercare instructions to help you enjoy a speedy, comfortable recovery. Some tips to remember include…

  • Take any medications (pain killers, antibiotics) exactly as prescribed.
  • Brush and floss areas of the mouth not affected by surgery as normal.
  • Do not eat or drink anything until the anesthesia wears off.
  • Follow a soft foods diet for the first few days after surgery.
  • Avoid disturbing the treatment area with your tongue as it heals.
  • Get in touch with your oral surgeon if symptoms worsen or do not improve after several days.

Questions? Contact Us Today

Woman in dental office talking on the phone

If you have questions about bone grafting procedures or dental implants, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Houston experts in implant dentistry. We want to help you enjoy all the benefits of a complete, fully functional smile. Contact us to discuss dental implants today!