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Bone Grafting

Bone Grafting

Increase bone volume and density for roots of teeth to grow healthy.

What is bone grafting?

When bone loss has occurred in the jaw, bone grafting may be necessary in order to move ahead with certain restorative procedures like receiving dental implants or dentures.  Dr. Pitner may also recommend treatment if you have bone loss from periodontal disease or are having a tooth extracted.  A dental bone graft increases volume and density in the jawbone which strengthens it to hold and support dental work you may be receiving. 

Where does the bone come from?

There are several different sources for bone grafting material. Bone can be taken from other locations in your own body, acquired from a human tissue bank or animal tissue bank, or synthetic bone tissue can also be used. 

What is the procedure like?

Before starting the procedure, x-rays will be taken of the mouth to evaluate the extent of bone damage and loss and create a treatment plan.  A local anesthetic is often sufficient for a bone grafting procedure, although Dr. Pitner also offers sedation dentistry to help patients feel more relaxed during the process. The procedure involves making an incision in the gum to make the bone accessible. Next, the area is disinfected and the bone grafting material is placed. The final step is stitching up the gum. 

How will I know if it works?

Bone grafting surgery has a very high success rate. However, failure is a possibility, especially among certain groups of patients, like smokers or people with certain medical conditions. Talk to Dr. Pitner to determine if a bone graft is the best option fro you. 


  • As with any surgery, patients should expect some pain, swelling, and possible bruising around the surgical site.

  • You will be able to return to work in a day or two with everything feeling back to normal after two weeks.

  • As the bone emerges from the surgical site, you may feel like there is sand in your mouth at times, but this is normal sensation.

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