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Bone Grafting

Tooth loss can cause a host of issues, including deterioration of the jawbone, which can prevent you from receiving dental implants.

Fortunately, bone grafting can help to replace the missing bone material, allowing you to qualify for implants to stop further bone loss.

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin in Salt Lake City, UT, is a board-certified surgeon who can help restore your oral function with bone grafting. 

What Is Bone Grafting?

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When you lose a tooth, the jawbone no longer receives the stimulation the tooth root once provided, and it begins to deteriorate. This can cause a sunken appearance to your face and make eating and speaking difficult.

Dental implants and implant-supported restorations are amazing restorative dentistry treatments that can restore oral function. Implants act as prosthodontic tooth roots, providing much-needed stimulation to the jawbone, and preventing further deterioration of the jaw. However, if significant bone loss has already occurred, you may have been told you do not qualify for implants.

Bone grafting surgery helps to restore the jaw and replace lost bone by grafting new bone to the remaining bone tissue. Dental implants can then be placed to prevent new bone loss.

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Dr. Hopkin received his diploma from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, elevating him to board-certified status. His expert training, paired with advanced dental technology such as cone-beam CT scanning, allows him to accurately treat patients and restore their oral function and health. Dr. Hopkin prides himself on treating each patient as a person. When you come into our office, he takes the time to have a conversation with you, ensuring all your questions are answered and that you are completely comfortable with your treatment options. 

Don’t live life with reduced oral function and continued bone loss. Bone grafting surgery can help restore your jawbone health and allow you to qualify for beneficial dental implants. Call our Salt Lake City, UT, practice or request an appointment online today.

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Bone Grafting Surgery

You may need more than one procedure if Dr. Hopkin is using bone tissue harvested from another area of your body.
You may need more than one procedure if Dr. Hopkin is using bone tissue harvested from another area of your body.

Initial Consultation

An initial consultation is needed to determine if you are a candidate for a bone graft. Dr. Hopkin will examine your mouth and discuss your oral health history. Some patients with minor bone loss may qualify for All-on-4® dental implants, which would prevent the need for bone grafts. However, if significant bone loss has occurred, surgery will be scheduled. 

Bone Grafts

If Dr. Hopkin uses bone tissue from your own body, this must be done first to harvest the bone grafts. Dr. Hopkin will take bone graft tissue from an area of your body, such as the back of the jaw. However, donor tissue or synthetic tissue are also options.


You will be given an anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any pain during your procedure. Dr. Hopkin will then make an incision in the gum to reach the bone. The bone graft will then be placed. A special silicone membrane is often used to cover the graft and existing bone to promote bone growth. He then closes the area with sutures.


The graft will then be given time to heal. On average, it takes about six months for the graft to fuse to the existing bone. Implant placement surgery can be scheduled once Dr. Hopkin ensures the graft site has fused to the jaw. In some cases, bone grafting and implant placement can be performed simultaneously, but this is limited and will be determined during your initial consultation.

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Benefits of Bone Grafts

Implant Eligibility 

Dental implants need sufficient bone material for optimal stability and longevity. A bone graft can help provide the bone tissue needed to allow you to qualify for implants and implant-supported restorations.

Prevent or Reverse Facial Sagging

A bone graft can help build up a deteriorated jawbone and provide a structure for not only implants but also for your facial muscles to prevent sagging features. 

Long-Term Oral Health

Grafts can help your jawbone provide the support dental implants need for long-term oral health. With proper oral hygiene, your implants can last you a lifetime and help you maintain optimal oral health. 

Does the Grafting Procedure Hurt?


No. While the grafting is being performed, Dr. Hopkin will numb the area to ensure you do not feel any pain. He also offers sedation options for those with dental anxiety or for patients who require an extra level of comfort care.


It is important to remember that grafting is a surgical procedure, so you should expect some discomfort while you heal. This is usually managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications and other comfort measures, such as ice and a soft diet. We will provide you with all the instructions you need to care for your mouth properly while you heal. 

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Very friendly and they actually take the time to go over the procedure with you so you know what to expect .

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They really took good care of me, they know what they’re doing and definitely recommend

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Dustin J. Hopkin, DDS

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Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is a highly trained oral surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT. He is proud to be board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. At Hopkin Oral Surgery, Dr. Hopkin and his team provide excellent care with state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment methods. Our most popular services include:

You can request a consultation with Dr. Hopkin by filling out our online form or calling (801) 277-3942.

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