Sometimes it becomes necessary to increase the amount of bone in a patient’s jaw. There is more than one bone grafting technique, but they can be grouped into two types.
The first, and most extensive type of bone grafting is always done as a separate surgery from the implant placement. This types of graft is intended to make large changes to the size and shape of the dental ridge so that a stable implant can be placed, usually several months later. These procedures are generally performed by specialists such as periodontists or oral surgeons.
In the second type of bone grafting, the jaw may already have enough bone to place the implant, but not enough bone to completely cover the sides of the implant. These types of grafts are generally smaller and are performed at the time of the implant placement.