Bone grafting is a procedure used when a patient’s supporting jaw bone is not able to support implants, which may be due to injury, age, or gum disease. This treatment consists of taking existing bone from another area of the body and surgically placing it where the jaw bone has been lost. New growth occurs within a few months. Bone grafting is a highly specialized procedure that requires multiple rounds of treatment and should only be performed by an experienced dental surgeon.
Once there is sufficient growth to support it, an implant can be placed. After a bone graft, you may have some minor discomfort from bruising, swelling, or minor bleeding, but this is temporary and will ease in a short time. After bone grafts and implants, it will take several months for you to properly heal. You should consume only soft foods for the period recommended by your dentist.