Dental Implants and Bone Grafting Serving Foley


What Is Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?

Bone grafting is a procedure that reintroduces volume and density back into the jaw. This is occasionally needed before a dental implant can be placed. This oral surgery works by taking material usually from your own body and combining it with other grafting material to the affected area with bone loss. A bone graft can be compared to a scaffold, as it is essentially a temporary platform for your body to rebuild the lost bone tissue. 

The Bone Grafting Process

The bone grafting procedure serving Foley typically takes 90 minutes or less, depending on the location of the graft and the amount of bone loss. The first step in the bone grafting process is a thorough examination of your teeth, jawbone, and overall oral health. Your dentist will determine how much bone loss has occurred, and will design a personalized treatment plan for you. On the day of the oral surgery, our Foley-area implant specialists will use an anesthetic  to treat the area.  Your dental implant specialist will then create a small incision in the gum, and will apply the bone grafting material. The incision is stitched, and the healing process begins. It will take several months for the body to rejuvenate the lost bone mass. Our specialists have years of experience completing bone grafting for our Foley clients


After the oral surgery, our implant specialists serving Foley will explain that you may experience soreness for a few days, which can typically be diminished with over-the-counter pain medication. Your dental implant specialist may also prescribe a pain reliever if needed. 

Who Qualifies for Bone Grafting?

When enough bone loss has occurred within a person’s jaw to prevent solid dental implants, bone grafting is often completed to reintroduce material back into the bone. Our dental implant and bone grafting specialists serving Foley will complete an evaluation to see if you are a qualified candidate. Below are possible attributes that can contribute to the need for bone grafting:

  • Missing teeth for an extended period: Bone loss starts to occur when you don’t have enough teeth to complete the repetitive motion of chewing or biting. This causes the jawbone to not be stimulated and the bone starts to deteriorate. 
  • Trauma or infection of the bone: If there is significant bone loss due to trauma or infection, grafting will most likely be needed to restore the area.
  • Losing your front teeth: Specifically with your front teeth, the jawbone is thinner than other areas and has a hard time regenerating.
  • Sinuses that are large or in the area where teeth roots once were: If a sinus cavity is blocking the area where a dental implant needs to be placed, a “sinus lift” is commonly completed to lift the sinus back to a normal position.

3 Advantages to Using Dr. Northcutt

Dr. Northcutt has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years in a small town and has maintained an excellent reputation.

He provides IV sedation to keep you comfortable during all procedures

He is the surgeon and restorative dentist. He is going to make sure implants are done correctly and restored to your results are the best they can be.

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to learn about dental implants serving Foley, Orange Beach, Mobile, Fairhope, Pensacola, Satsuma, Theodore, Bellview and Robertsdale . Hopefully, we have answered some of your questions and helped you as you approach your new road toward dental health.

We know things can be overwhelming and you may not know where to begin and that’s ok! We are here to help you.

I want to personally invite you to come by and meet with me. Let’s discuss what options you have and get all your questions answered. I look forward to seeing you smile again and changing the way you smile.

– Dr. Jason Northcutt

Contact us today

Call Dental Implants serving Foley to schedule a consultation, and see if you qualify for a bone graft.