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Bone Grafting

The people who need dental implants the most have sometimes lost too much bone tissue in the jaw to support them. 

The team at Enlighten Dental in Vancouver, BC, can perform a bone graft to boost your candidacy for implants. 

What makes a dental bone graft so effective? 

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A Bone Graft…

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Strengthens the Jawbone

By triggering new bone growth, a bone graft not only makes the jawbone stronger but can halt the deterioration that usually follows tooth loss. 

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Improves Oral Health

A weak jawbone can undermine your long-term oral health, leaving you more vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay. A bone graft can consequently boost your overall health

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Is as Effective as Natural Tissue

A study published in Oral & Implantology found that implants anchored in regenerated bone tissue are just as successful as those placed in natural bone

Bone Grafting

A Brief Overview of Bone Grafting

A bone graft is a type of oral surgery that is designed to restore areas of the jaw that have been affected by bone recession. For most patients, a graft can be completed in a same-day, outpatient surgery. During the procedure, one of our doctors will use your own bone tissue, donor tissue, or a synthetic substitute to add volume and density to your jaw. 

Over the next few months, the graft will fuse with your existing bone and promote the growth of new tissue, giving your smile a healthy foundation for subsequent treatments like dental implants.

You Can Count on a High Rate of Success

Restoring Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

Soon after teeth fall out, the jawbone tissue begins to recede because it is no longer stimulated by the tooth roots. If you have waited to replace missing teeth, it is likely that you have experienced jawbone atrophy. This can impact your candidacy for dental implants since the posts require sufficient jawbone tissue to hold the implant securely in place. However, bone grafting can often improve your eligibility for dental implants by supplementing the tissue that has been lost. 

Your Doctor Will Evaluate:

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Extent of Bone Resorption

The doctor will recommend one of several types of bone grafting to address your condition depending on the location and amount of tissue that has been lost. 

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Your Oral Health

You should be free of other oral health issues before undergoing bone grafting. Any existing conditions, such as gum disease should be treated first. 
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Your Overall Health

If you have certain medical conditions such as an autoimmune disorder, you may be at a higher risk of complications because it impairs your ability to heal properly.

Bone Grafting Is Relatively Painless

Our focus is on our patients' safety and comfort. We thoroughly plan your procedure and use minimally invasive techniques to ensure our bone grafting procedures are as painless as possible. Additionally, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the treatment area and sedation can be provided to help you feel at ease throughout the procedure. 

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PRF Can Expedite Healing

We use platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) at our Vancouver practice to expedite healing after bone grafting procedures. PRF uses your body's own growth factors to stimulate healing of hard and soft tissues. These growth factors are separated from your blood using technology. When applied to the grafted area, it can promote the tissues to begin healing, allowing for a more pleasant recovery.

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How to Prepare for Your Surgery

Although a bone graft is a fairly standard surgical procedure to prepare patients for dental implants, we want you to be in the best possible health leading up to your surgery. Our team works closely with Kinetic Patterns Medical Clinic to assess your overall health and ensure that you are a suitable candidate for oral surgery. In the days leading up to your procedure, you can promote the safety and success of your treatment by: 

  • Arranging for a friend or loved one to drive you home after surgery
  • Refraining from drinking excessively
  • Closely following our office's pre-operative guidelines, which might include stopping certain medications

You might also be asked to quit smoking for some period of time if you are a smoker and you should closely monitor any chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

What to Expect during Treatment

Depending on the type of bone graft you receive, your procedure may vary slightly. Some bone grafts are more complex than others, however, they share several basic steps. Bone grafting is an outpatient procedure so you will be able to return home shortly after surgery.

We use platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to expedite healing after bone grafting procedures.

Day of Procedure

We use platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to expedite healing after bone grafting procedures.


We will thoroughly examine your jawbone and discuss your health and goals to determine the best course of action.


Anesthetic and sedation will be provided before surgery. The doctor will then create an incision in the gums.

Graft Placement

The synthetic material or grafted tissue will then be carefully placed in the recessed areas of the jawbone. 

Closing Incisions

The incisions will then be closed using a small number of sutures.

Tips to Ensure a Healthy Recovery

Bone grafts are performed on an outpatient basis, so you will get to go home on the same day as your surgery. If you received oral sedation in addition to local anesthesia, you will need a close friend or family member to drive you home. 

Immediately after your visit, you should:

  • Avoid hot foods or drinks because they can trigger bleeding
  • Keep the treatment site clean and dry 
  • Take your medications as prescribed

Although the recovery time varies from patient to patient, many are fully healed within three months. Because habits like smoking can slow down your body's healing ability and increase the risk of infection, you should avoid the habit before and after your surgery. Once your graft is healed, you will come back to our Vancouver office to complete the next phase of your treatment.

The Recovery Timeline at a Glance

Many patients are fully healed in as little as three months.
Many patients are fully healed in as little as three months.

First Few Days

To protect the treatment area, you should stick to a soft foods diet for the first few days. Brush carefully around the graft site, and refrain from strenuous exercise.

The Following Weeks

You can slowly return to your normal exercise routine. The grafted tissue will begin to fuse with the surrounding bone.

Three to Nine Months

Patients should be fully healed from surgery and ready to receive dental implants or other dental restorations.

Are You Worried about the Risks?

As with any surgery, a bone graft carries some risks, including: 

  • Infection
  • Injury to surrounding structures and nerves
  • Scarring at the extraction site
  • Damage to your sinuses 

However, our Vancouver, BC, doctors take great care in planning and performing your surgery to greatly reduce the already low risk of complications.

Most Patients Experience Excellent Results

Most patients at our Vancouver, BC, office enjoy great results after their surgery. In addition to giving your smile a healthy foundation for restorative treatments, a stronger, healthier jaw can improve the shape and fullness of your face, helping you look and feel younger.

Offering Dental Care With a Holistic Approach

At Enlighten Dental in Vancouver, we work closely with Kinetic Patterns Medical Clinic to provide a holistic treatment.

Together, we can design treatment protocols customized to your health needs. Schedule an appointment today by calling (604) 876-9228 or contacting us online.

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Enlighten Dental

At Enlighten Dental, we are dedicated to improving both your oral and overall health. Our holistic approach to dentistry allows us to provide lasting, comprehensive results. Learn more about our team:

For more information about our services, call (604) 876-9228 or contact us online today.

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