Bone Grafting: Adding Bone
For dental implants to be succcessful, the jawbone must have enough bone to support them. Tooth loss often leads to more loss of bone. If the bone under your gum is not tall enough, not wide enough or both, you will need a procedure called bone grafting to add bone to your jaw before implants can be placed. The graft can be your own bone or processed bone obtained from a cadaver. After grafting, you have to wait several months for the grafted material to fuse with the existing bone.
Dr. Daniel Hwang minimize usage of bone grafts by maximizing the bone that is available, utilizing technique called bone manipulation/expansion and by utilizing wide variety of different size dental implants.