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Why bone grafting might be recommended by your dentist

Aug. 15 2022

Man with a toothy smiling looking at camera.Bone grafting is one way to rebuild the bone of the jaw. Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser of Melville, NY, may recommend bone grafting procedures to patients who may benefit from them.

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is described as a surgical procedure in which new bone material is placed into an area where there has been the loss of bone. The new bone can be taken from another area of your body (autograft), from a donor (allograft), or it can be created synthetically in a laboratory (xenograft).

Why might I need a bone graft?

There are several different reasons why your dentist might recommend a bone graft.

  • Gum disease. If you have suffered from periodontal disease, this can lead to bone loss around the teeth. A bone graft can help to improve the stability of the teeth and reduce the risk of further damage.
  • Missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, the bone graft can help to make it easier to place dental implants. Dental implants require a certain amount of natural bone present in order to be successful, so if there has been significant bone loss in the area, a graft may be needed.
  • Facial contouring. A bone graft can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile. If you have suffered from injury or have had surgery that has resulted in bone loss, a bone graft can help restore the normal contours of your face.

What are the risks of bone grafting?

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with bone grafting. These include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Nerve damage
  • Allergic reaction to the graft material
  • Failure of the graft to fuse with the host bone

However, these risks are typically very low and can be minimized by working with an experienced and well-qualified dental team.

How do I learn more about bone grafting?

Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser and their team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island in Melville, NY, can educate you further on the benefits of bone grafting for your smile! Contact the office at 631-423-6767 to request an appointment and find out if you are a good candidate for the bone grafting procedure.


Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.

Will I need a bone graft for a dental implant?

Feb. 14 2022

handsome young man in eyeglasses looking at camera and smilingIf you are already considering dental implants, you may be well aware of the many benefits they provide for patients who are missing one or more teeth. You may also want to know what needs to be done to obtain them. During an initial consultation visit with Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser of Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island, Melville area patients can find out if they are a good fit for implants. Patients will need sufficient bone to place the implants successfully. Patients who have had a series of x-ray images performed and are told they do not have enough bone for dental implants shouldn’t fear! They have other options, including preparing the smile with bone grafting.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting, also known as bone augmentation, is a step taken to prepare a patient for the placement of dental implants. The process requires the dentist to place donor bone or materials to help stimulate bone growth in the jawbone. This, in turn, prepares the area for a dental implant. Bone grafting does take time to achieve, so patients should be patient throughout the process of obtaining their dental restoration.

Will I need a bone graft for my dental implant?

Patients who have experienced significant loss of jawbone may require bone grafting for implants to be successful. The bone graft procedure is done with an oral surgeon to build up the bone that might have been lost due to tooth loss or periodontal disease. X-rays allow the dentist to see what is currently available for dental implant placement, and to plan the grafting and implant procedure. Without enough bone, the dental implant procedure will be unsuccessful.

Are there alternatives?

In some cases, there may be. Patients without enough bone for traditional implants may still be appropriate for mini dental implants. Patients with missing teeth may also want to consider less invasive options for replacing teeth such as full denture, partial dentures, or dental bridges.

Do I need bone grafting?

If you are considering dental implants but do not have sufficient bone, you may need to speak to a professional at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island about bone grafting. Call (631) 423-6767 to request an appointment at 458 Old Country Road in Melville, NY.


Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.

When might I consider bone grafting?

Dec. 15 2021

Positive Man Gesturing Ok Sign Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of bone loss in the mouth. When this condition occurs, it causes irreversible damage to the teeth, bone, and gums, Patients who are looking at replacing missing teeth will sometimes need to speak to a provider not only about their options, but about preparing for these treatments. A perfect example is that of dental implants. Patients with one or more missing teeth who are interested in dental implants will want to work with a dentist to ensure they are appropriate candidates. If there is insufficient bone available to ensure a successful treatment, patients may need to ask about bone grafting.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a treatment that is used to rebuild the bone of the jaw. It adds bone where it is needed by grafting donor material in place. It is often done in preparation of placing dental implants or other restorations available with dental providers.

Why might I need bone grafting?

Below are just a few of the more common reasons why patients might undergo bone grafting procedures:

  • Preparing for the placement of dental implants
  • Provide a sinus lift to allow for bone grafting where it is needed for implants
  • Augmentation of the ridge after injury, trauma, severe periodontal disease, or due to birth defects
  • Repositioning of the nerves to prepare for placing dental implants
  • Alleviate bone loss that has occurred due to long-term denture wearing

Who is a candidate for bone grafting?

Most patients are advised that they are a good candidate for bone grafting when they are evaluated by Dr. Dean Glasser and his team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island. Melville, NY area patients twill often have x-rays completed to check the health of the bone before going in for bone grafting.

Ready to undergo bone grafting?

Work with a quality dental provider in the Melville, NY area who can help you in achieving your goals. Contact Dr. Dean Glasser and his team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island to discuss your needs. The office is located at 458 Old Country Road and can be reached at (631) 423-6767.


Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.

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