Bone Grafting

Ottawa maxillofacial surgeons
Ottawa maxillofacial surgeons

What is Bone Grafting?

Teeth do more than help you chew and smile. Their roots also strengthen and reinforce the jaw bone. If you are missing teeth, the jaw bone will lose density, weaken, and shrink. This can also make it difficult to place dental implants.

With bone grafting, we can increase the volume of your jawbone to prepare for the placement of dental implants. Bone grafting is a complex process that can greatly improve your oral health. If you are lacking healthy bone structure for dental implants, book a consultation with our team to find out more about how we can help.


A dental bone graft is an oral surgery procedure that helps add density and volume to the jawbone where bone loss has occurred. Bone can be taken from elsewhere in the body and get surgically fused to the existing bone in the game.

It’s a common procedure for individuals who are considering dental implants but don’t have enough bone density and the capacity to provide a solid foundation for the implants.

Oral surgeons typically recommend a bone graft for patients facing substantial bone loss in their jaw. You might be advised for this procedure if you:

  • Are undergoing tooth extraction
  • Require increased bone density and volume for dentures or implants
  • Exhibit significant bone loss in specific areas due to gum disease

While the majority of patients undergoing a dental bone graft typically experience minimal to no pain, it’s important to acknowledge the possibility of some discomfort post-procedure. Actively managing this discomfort involves taking appropriate pain relief medications and diligently following any specific post-operative instructions, ensuring a more comfortable recovery.

Opting for a dental bone grafting procedure enhances eligibility for dental implants, dentures, and various restorative dental treatments. This targeted oral surgery aims to restore your jaw to its original form, addressing issues caused by bone loss, tooth loss, gum disease, or other oral trauma.

While you may resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, the comprehensive healing process after a dental bone graft procedure extends over several months, potentially up to a year. This timeline varies individually and is influenced by factors such as the graft type, your body’s healing capacity, and the specific graft location.

Importantly, to facilitate a quicker and smoother recovery period, it’s imperative to diligently follow post-operative instructions provided by your oral surgeon.

Bone Grafting