by Raul C. Gonzalez, DMD and Associates

Coral Gables: (305) 856-1488 / Pinecrest: (305) 274-4112 / Doral (305) 594-4418

Bone Graft

Before dental implant surgery, bone grafting is sometimes necessary to supplement the bone mass of patientís jaw so that the implants can be anchored firmly. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient's own body, an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. That means bone grafting will be performed, if required, to ensure that your dental implants provide you a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

There are three types of bone grafts, each named with regard to the source of the bone used in the procedure:

In an autogenously bone grafting procedure, bone is harvested from one area of the body and transferred to another.

In an allograft procedure, either synthetic bone or cadaver bone is used to augment the jaw bone.

In a xenograft procedure, cow bone is used.

It takes several months for the grafted material to fuse with your existing bone. Therefore, dentists typically wait 6 to 12 months to place dental implants after the bone grafting procedure. After your dental bone grafting procedure at, Dr. Gonzalez will monitor your healing and keep you updated on when the dental implants can likely be placed.