Dental bone grafting is a term that describes a variety of procedures used to "build" bone so that dental implants can be placed. For dental implants to be successful, the jawbone must have enough bone to support them. Having spaces left by missing teeth often leads to more loss of bone, compromising the success rate for any implants that may be placed. If the integrity of your bone is not enough, you will need a procedure to add bone to your jaw before implants can be placed.
In most cases, dental bone grafting and implants can be completed in one visit. Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where the bone grafting is needed. The bone graft is demineralized bone (resembling common table salt) which is placed around an implant or where more bone is needed in the jaw. The area is then secured by placing a barrier, which acts as a bandage to protect bone graft, and sutures.