What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical dental procedure where the bone loss around the teeth is restored.

What is bone grafting used for?

Bone grafting procedures are used to reverse jaw bone loss caused by periodontal disease and tooth loss. Grafting is also used to build up the bone to allow for the placement of dental implants. Our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, may recommend a bone graft in Palm Desert, California if you have suffered bone loss or if you are interested in dental implants.

What types of bone grafts are there?

  1. Autogenous Bone Graft – Bone material is transplanted from one area to another within the same individual. This is the most ideal type of graft because the bone material is living tissue that enhances bone growth. This type of graft has the best success rate because there is no immune reaction.
  2. Allograft Bone Graft – Bone material is from human donor bone (cadaver). This bone material undergoes many different treatments sequences in order to render it safe for transplant.
  3. Xenograft Bone Graft – Bone material is bovine.
  4. Alloplast Bone Graft – Bone material is synthetic.

What are the different types of bone grafting procedures?

  1. Maxillary Sinus Lift
  2. Socket Preservation
  3. Guided Bone Regeneration
  4. Maxillary Sinus Augmentations

Before & After


Severe bone loss on the distal (behind) of the first molar, 10mm pocket and furcation involvement (post-juvenile periodontitis and open contract).


GoreTex membrane and bone grafting solved this problem: healthy pocket (2mm) and bone regeneration visible radiographically.


Severe bone loss on teeth #13, 14, 15 that were part of a five unit bridge. Losing any of these teeth would require a new bridge.

Two GoreTex membranes and bone grafting (followed by endodontic therapy on tooth #13, two months post-operatively). Three years later, a residual 5mm pocket is presnet on the distal (behind) of tooth #13; all other areas probe healthy (2-3mm pockets). Radiographic bone regeneration is visible around all three teeth.