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Posts for tag: Bone Grafts

By Franklin Dental
June 18, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafts  

Bone GraftingFor Franklin, WI residents who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are generally the best option. What happens when your dentist says that your jaw is not strong enough to support these implants, however? Thankfully, you do have options. You can visit Dr. John Olsen, DDS at Franklin Dental for a bone grafting procedure.

What is Bone Grafting and Why is it Necessary?

Dental implants are a device that consists of a dental crown to replace a missing tooth, a connecting abutment, and a titanium screw that holds the entire device securely in the jaw. In order to be successful, these implants need a firm foundation to screw into. Otherwise, the implant is shaky at best and is at an increased risk for failing.

Bone grafting is the process of building up and strengthening the jaw bone so that it will be strong and sturdy enough to support and hold a dental implant. It is a simple procedure with an excellent success rate.

How Does Bone Grafting Work?

In a bone grafting procedure, your Franklin, WI dentist Dr. Olsen will use bone tissue from another source to build up your jaw bone. These sources include your own bone, bone from a donor (either human or animal) or synthetic bone material.

Of these options, your own bone generally provides the safest and most effective option. Not only does your body already recognize it, but using your own bone also reduces your chances of infection or contamination. Your Franklin, WI dentist Dr. Olsen will generally use bone from your chin or another place on your jaw though shin and hip bone can also be used.

Bone grafts are performed right in the office using local anesthesia, and sedation if needed.

How Long Does Bone Grafting Take?

Once your bone grafting procedure is complete, you will need to wait for the new bone and old bone to fuse and strengthen before you are ready for dental implants. The length of time this process will take can vary depending on the location and quality of the bone used, but you should expect the process to take a few months.

Just because your jaw bone is not strong enough to support dental implants now does not mean that it can't ever be. Bone grafting is a safe, simple and effective procedure that will give you a strong and sturdy jaw bone, perfect for dental implants. Call your favorite Franklin, WI dentist, Dr. John at Franklin Dental, to set up an appointment for a consultation today.

Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)


He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.


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