Address Jawbone Recession with a Bone Graft

If you are missing teeth and have suffered bone degeneration as a result, your jaw may not be strong enough to support dental implants. Fortunately, a dental bone graft can restore your candidacy. Dr. James M. Stein can perform bone grafting as well as all steps of implant treatment at his Boston, MA, practice. By inserting grafted material within the socket of a missing tooth, Dr. Stein can rebuild the jawbone to create a stable foundation for implant posts.

Understanding Bone Loss

Following tooth loss, the surrounding jawbone can begin to deteriorate. Normally the jaw receives stimulation from natural teeth and dental roots through actions like chewing and biting. However, when teeth are missing, vital nutrients are rerouted to other areas of the body, causing the jawbone to break down or resorb. Without sufficient jawbone density, you may not be a suitable candidate for implants.

Are you a Candidate?

A bone grafting procedure can be a viable solution for patients who wish to replace missing teeth with implant-supported restorations but do not qualify for surgery because of bone atrophy. To determine if you are eligible for treatment, we can use advanced diagnostic technology, such as a digital 3-D scanner, to evaluate the structure of your jaw. If we identify signs of bone loss, we can use these scans to precisely plan and execute your procedure.


Before surgery, we can administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort, as well as sedation if desired. Depending upon your needs, we can harvest bone from another area of your mouth or use donor bone during treatment. We can also incorporate synthetic material.

Our team can guide you through each stage of treatment to ensure the highest quality services from start to finish.

We can then make a small incision in your gums, through which we can place the grafted material. After securing the graft in place, we can close the incision with sutures.

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During a bone grafting procedure, we can insert harvested material into the tooth socket to restore your ability to receive dental implants.


It is common to experience tenderness, mild irritation, and swelling at the site of a bone graft. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. To reduce swelling, you can apply a cold pack or ice to the cheek for twenty minute increments over the first 24 hours. While it is critical to maintain proper oral hygiene, you should not brush or floss near the surgical site, as this can disrupt healing. Most patients can expect pain and discomfort to subside within a few days.

Over the next four to six months, the grafted material will integrate with your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your anatomy. Keep in mind that you must fully recover before you can undergo dental implant surgery. During the healing process, we may provide you with a temporary restoration, so you can eat and speak comfortably. 

Why Choose Our Practice?

We are proud to offer bone grafting as part of our complete, in-house implant dentistry. Our team can guide you through each stage of treatment to ensure the highest quality services from start to finish. After placing your dental implants, we can design a custom restoration, beautifully crafted to blend seamlessly in your smile.


If you have been told that you are not a suitable candidate to receive implants because of compromised jawbone health, bone grafting may be right for you. Contact us online or give us a call at (617) 227-6076 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Stein.

Drs. Stein

James M. Stein, DMD

Our dental practice has been trusted by Boston patients for over 30 years. Together, Dr. James M. Stein and Brett E. Stein are members of various renowned organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Massachusetts Dental Society
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Prosthodontists

If you are ready to achieve optimal oral and overall health, call our office at (617) 227-6076 or request an appointment online.

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