Bone Graft: Which Type of Dentist Can Do This?


Jen asks:
I was told by my dentist that I made need a bone graft before I can get implants. But, I'm wondering can a general dentistry practice dentist perform a bone graft or should I go to a particular specialty for the procedure?

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drdazar's picture

Who can do bone grafts?

Answered By: Dr. David E. Azar - New York , NY

Hi Jen,
Any dentist can do bone grafting, whether they are a general dentist or a specialist. Certain grafting procedures are very simple, like extraction socket grafting, while some are more complex and require advanced training and experience, like sinus grafting or vertical ridge augmentation. Make sure that your dentist explains the procedure carefully and that whom ever is going to perform the procedure is properly trained and has experience. Some General dentists may even have more experience than certain specialists, depending on the type of practice they have.
Hope that was helpful.

David E. Azar, DDS, FICOI, MgIDE
New York, NY

tgrossman's picture

Bone Grafting

Answered By: Dr. Theodore M. Grossman - Aventura , FL

Hello Jen
It sounds like you're having multiple implants. Interview your practicioner regarding his experience and success rate in advanced bone grafting and placing implants in the grafted area. This dynamic field of Oral Surgery is evolving with new materials and techniques. Interview patients who have had grafting & implants. I provide a list of patients who've been successfully grafted, with their approval, to my prospective patients. Good luck.

Theodore Grossman DMD

Dr. Theodore M. Grossman

drkazemi's picture

The right dentist for bone grafting

Answered By: Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi - Bethesda , MD

Bone grafting is a sophisticated procedure and requires thorough knowledge of its biology, tissue management, and techniques. It is by no means simple. In my opinion, it is best performed by those who are formally trained in this procedure and perform it on daily basis. This includes mostly oral surgeons and some periodontists.

Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi

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