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Bone Grafts


The bone graft is one of our most commonly-performed procedures at TruForm Surgery. A large portion of the population experiences bone loss in the jaw for a variety of reasons, including missing teeth or teeth that have been removed or periodontal (gum) disease. In addition, for people who are looking to get high-quality tooth replacements like dental implants, there may not be enough bone in the jaw to provide the appropriate amount of support. Thankfully, a bone graft procedure lets us tackle this issue.

What Is a Bone Graft?

A bone graft is a surgical procedure that allows our team to address loss of bone in the jaw, ultimately providing more density and strength to the jaw. Depending on the patient, their medical history, and their preferences, the bone material from the graft can be taken from elsewhere in the patient’s body, a tissue bank, or can be created synthetically. Modern medicine has allowed us to refine this technique, and with the use of a bone graft, your natural bone can grow and develop, providing additional support.

Adam Eidson, DDS, FACS

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

As a top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, he’s board-certified and a Fellow of leading surgical associations. Co-founder of TruForm Surgery, Dr. Eidson, a Grand Haven, Michigan native, served as a Major in the US Army, specializing in jaw disorders and trauma cases. With a Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan, he brings a simple, compassionate approach to oral and maxillofacial health.

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Who Is a Candidate for a Bone Graft?

Unfortunately, not everyone can be an ideal candidate for a bone graft procedure. Typically, candidates are people who have either experienced bone loss due to teeth decay or advanced periodontal disease. It’s also a good option–and is often recommended–for patients who are planning to get dental implants in place of their natural teeth. To undergo this procedure, patients should generally be in good health and should not have underlying conditions that might complicate the surgery or healing process. We’ll go over your relevant medical history during your consultation to make sure that a bone graft procedure is a good option for you.

Before & After Results

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What to Expect During a Bone Graft Procedure

Before the day of the procedure, we’ll go over a plan with you on how to prepare. Depending on the anesthesia method you’ll be receiving, you should expect to refrain from eating or drinking for a set number of hours before the surgery. You might need to adjust or briefly stop taking certain medications, especially ones that prevent proper blood clotting. You should also plan to ask someone to drive you to and from the procedure and to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home.

Once you’ve been given anesthesia, we’ll start the procedure. The target area will be cleaned thoroughly, and we’ll make a precise cut in the gum. We’ll place the new material in its desired location, usually between segments of bone that have been disconnected due to bone loss. The graft will be secured in place, and the incision will be closed up. After this, the procedure is complete!


Dr. Eidson offers a wide variety of sedation techniques including local anesthesia (numbing injections), laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and IV sedation.  Most patients are candidates for sedation.  At your consultation appointment, we will review your medical history and medications to discuss the safest and most comfortable option for your specific needs.

Bone Graft Procedure Aftercare

We’ll place gauze in the area to make sure that the blood can clot properly. We’ll give you detailed instructions on when and how to change out the gauze, and you might be given an antibiotic to make sure that infection doesn’t occur after the procedure. It’s normal for patients to feel some pain for a week or more after the procedure, but this can typically be managed at home using ice packs. You might need to limit yourself to eating softer food for a few days following the procedure, and we’ll also give you instructions on when you can resume normal levels of activity. If you’re receiving implants, it may take several months after the bone graft procedure for your jaw to be dense enough to withstand the implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do bone grafts take to heal?

Recovery time after your bone graft procedure can take three months or longer to heal fully.

Is dental bone grafting worth it?

Bone grafting can serve as an alternative to tooth extraction. This preserves the natural tooth and strengthens the surrounding bone.

How do bone grafts feel?

The bone graft procedure is performed under anesthesia, leaving minimal to no pain during treatment. You may experience bruising, swelling, and slight discomfort after dental treatment.

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At TruForm Surgery, our mission is to work with you to provide you top-notch care in a safe, professional environment. Bone loss is an incredibly common issue, and it’s something we help patients with every day. If you’re interested in learning more about bone grafts and jumpstarting your journey toward strong dental health, contact us today at our office in Brighton, MI.

What Our Patients Say


My son had all 4 wisdom teeth taken out and was nervous. They made him feel very comfortable and that helped him immensely! They also called to follow up to see how he was doing. I would highly recommend going to TruForm Surgery for wisdom teeth!

-Krystal S

It was overall a wonderful experience. Not knowing what to expect for my first extraction, bone graft and implant – the entire staff and Dr. Edison were very helpful explaining the options, risks and process. They were attentive to and compassionate about my comfort during the whole process. Thank you Dr. Edison and team!!

-Mike L

Dr. Eidson and staff are truly amazing! I had to get a tooth pulled and an implant in and they made me feel so safe and taken care of! I knew what was happening all along the way so there were never any surprises! My family and I are lifetime patients!

-Kelly S

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