If you are looking for a dental implant surgery to replace your missing tooth, you would have already known what a dental implant is? At the pre-check stage of a dental implant your dentist will ask for a CT scan or x-ray to examine the structure of your teeth, he/she will also see if you have enough bone to place an implant on your jawbone. And suggest you if you will need bone grafting for implant.
Bone grafting is the process of increasing the amount of bone either by your own bone or artificial means. The safest and most desirable means for you is your own bone, this is done by collecting the particles from another bone in your body. This impacts the time, cost and risks of your dental implant surgery. If it is a minor bone grafting your dentist may do this at the same time they do your implant surgery, it all depends on the amount of thickness your jawbone should have to place the implant.
Once bone grafting is done and your implant is placed, the bone starts growing this process is called osseointegration. The bone grows and integrates itself with the implant this can take several months normally six months but depends on the condition.
Watch a 3D video of bone grafting
If you are only looking to enhance the look of our teeth you should read about teeth veneers article which is a complete guide on cosmetic dentistry.