Bone graft

Bone Grafting

If you've been missing teeth for a substantial amount of time, you've likely suffered from bone loss in the jaw.

In order to receive dental implants, many patients require bone grafting surgery to rebuild the missing bone structure.

The dentists at Smile Designer of Leesburg can perform this surgery, helping patients in Leesburg, VA, restore their oral health...

What Is Bone Grafting?

After losing a tooth, the jawbone loses density because there is no root structure to support. This causes the bone to recede in the area of the tooth gap. People can also lose bone density due to gum disease

Strengthen the Jaw

Bone grafting is an oral surgery that adds tissue to a patient's jawbone. It's a common procedure for people who've experienced significant bone loss.

Prepare for Dental Implants

Dental implants can only be placed if there is sufficient bone density in the jaw. Bone grafts encourage new tissue growth to ensure successful implant treatment.

Common Types of Bone Graft Materials

Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Daniel SW Han, can use different kinds of bone graft materials. During your visit to Smile Designer of Leesburg, we will evaluate your needs and might recommend:


Allografts are grafts that are harvested from cadavers and stored in tissue banks. Rest assured that allografts are carefully sterilized and completely safe for use.


Autografts refer to a patient's own bone taken from another part of their body. Your surgeon will determine the ideal donor site from which to harvest bone.

Synthetic Grafts

Thanks to advancements in dental technology, surgeons can use synthetic bone graft materials when either allografts or autografts are not viable options.

The Autograft Procedure

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The Bone Grafting Procedure A Step-by-Step Look

Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Han, will recommend the best material and technique for your unique needs.
Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Han, will recommend the best material and technique for your unique needs.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, we will perform a full exam to assess the condition of your jaw and the ideal bone graft procedure to perform. We can also discuss insurance coverage, in-house financing, and third-party financing through CareCredit®.

Sedation and Anesthetic

In order to prevent discomfort and anxiety, bone graft surgery is performed using local anesthetic and in some cases, sedation. Your condition will be monitored throughout the procedure.

Placing the Bone Graft

Dr. Han will make incisions along the gumline to access the bone. The autograft, allograft, or synthetic graft is then placed so it will heal and fuse with the living tissue.

Completing Surgery

With the bone graft in place, the incisions are closed and the gum tissue is sutured closed. After some additional post-op monitoring, patients can return home.

Placing Dental Implants How Long Will I Have to Wait?


It will take a few months for the bone graft to fully integrate with your jawbone. Only when this healing period is complete can we proceed with implant treatment. Keep in mind that the dental implant procedure requires several months to complete on top of the grafting process.

The Smile Designer Leesburg office

Smile Designer Leesburg

Our practice has been proudly serving the Leesburg community for over 35 years. Dr. Daniel Han, Dr. Sooyeon Ahn, and Dr. Kaylin Ju have been voted as Top Dentists by Northern Virginia Magazine and are affiliated with:

  • American Board of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • American Board of Prosthodontics

Reach out online or call (703) 777-1162 to schedule your initial consultation today.

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