In order for a dental implant to be successful the patient must have sufficient bone in the jaw in which to place the implant into. Usually the quality and quantity of bone in the jaw is reflective of how the bone healed after the tooth was removed, and not an underlying medical condition. It was once assumed that if a patient did not have enough bone in their jaw they would not be suitable for dental implants. Today, thanks to the massive advances in dental techniques and technology patients with insufficient bone in the jaw can have the bone rebuilt using dental bone grafting. Dental bone grafting will only take place after Dr. Caffaratti has assessed the quality and quantity of the bone in your jaw and found that there is not enough to continue with a dental implant. Next Dr. Caffaratti will discuss the different types of bone graft with you and decide which will be the most suitable for you. Once this has been decided the bone graft can be performed. BONE GRAFTING PROCEDURE Our Doctor will make an incision at the site of the bone graft and create flap of skin. When the jaw bone is exposed the dentist will place the bone to be grafted into the site and cover it with a protective membrane. This membrane is used to protect the bone from any germs found in the mouth and ensures that the area is perfectly clean to encourage the healing process. Finally the flap of gum is replaced and stitched carefully back into place. Healing time for a bone graft can vary from patient to patient but on average it is around 1- 4 months. Patients are also given a course of antibiotics to take in the days following their bone graft. Contact our Greater Reno and Sparks, Nevada Dental Office of Dr. Caffaratti to schedule your consultation with our friendly and knowledgeable team of smile experts.