Bone Grafts for Successful Dental Implants | Northridge, Ca Dentist

skd284147sdcDental implants are a wildly successful evolution in dentistry. They are restoratives that last a lifetime. But for the implant to last a lifetime, sometimes you need to start with ideal bone health.

It’s not unusual for a patient to be told that they require a bone graft in order to secure the outcome of dental implant surgery.

Don’t let the term bone grafting scare you. Bone grafting in the oral cavity today is a routine, painless procedure, with a predictable outcome.

If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on your bone, and if it can’t support the implant, the surgery likely would fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.

Bone loss can occur in the upper and lower jaws for several reasons.  Localized bone loss often occurs around diseased teeth due to periodontal (gum) disease, fractured teeth, traumatic injuries and dental infections. In addition, over a period of time the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies (bone resorption/shrinks). This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone, unsuitable for placement of dental implants. In the past, patients with significant bone loss were not candidates for placement of dental implants.

With current bone graft techniques, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. Augmentation bone grafts can be accomplished virtually anywhere on the upper and lower jaws. This enables us to offer dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth to almost all patients, even if substantial bone loss has occurred. More commonly used bone graft materials include autogenous bone (your own bone), cadaver bone (bank bone), bovine bone and synthetic bone(Source:

Bone grafting can be extensive but it plays a very important role in making your new tooth/implant possible. The science behind implant dentistry has brought us these highly specialized and successful techniques. Bone graft surgery is only a moment in time but being able to eat, laugh, talk and smile lasts a lifetime!

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at

 Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.