Bone grafts add bone to the jaw line. This procedure is done when your dentist must build up your jaw structure to allow for dental implants. Bone is added by transplanting your own bone (which may be taken from another site in your mouth or your body), donated bone or by using synthetic material.
The bone graft will be used to build up the location where your implant will be placed. Removing a bone graft from your hip or shin will contain bone marrow, which will help form new bone. A graft from your hip bone may require a hospital stay.
An incision will be made in your gum to allow for the insertion of the new bone and it will be anchored with titanium screws. It can take up to nine months for the bone graft to heal. Then the implant process can be completed.