In some implant placement cases, there may not be enough bone that is needed in the jaw to allow dental implants to be placed.
In what is named a bone graft procedure, the specialist will rebuild the jaw using bone taken from another part of your body.
Alternatively, your specialist may recommend a bone grafting material taken from an organ donor, which is readily available and prevents surgery on another part of the body.
The bone grafting procedure involves cutting the gum at the site and creating a flap of skin. The bone is then transferred to the necessary site and the flap stitched back into place.
Once the graft has been placed, the recovery can take several months. In this time, the grafted material is replaced as the bone grows and integrates with the existing bone. Once successfully healed, the specialist can begin the next stage of the dental implant process.