Bone Grafting

For the right candidates, dental implants are the best way to replace lost teeth. However, you need sufficient jawbone density to qualify. 

Drs. Roger B. Parkes and R. Clarke Stewart offer bone grafting to strengthen your jawbone for dental implant placement.

Learn why we recommend this procedure to our patients in the greater Jackson, Clinton, and Ridgeland, MS, areas.

Bone Grafting Is More Common Than You Think

What Causes the Need
for Bone Grafts Before Implants?
Our Dentist Has the Answer

"People think they have plenty of time to seek help for dental implants. What they don't realize is when the teeth are missing, that the body slowly resorbs bone over time. When [the bone] diminishes, we don't have enough width to place the implant in." Dr. Stewart

What Other Factors Can Affect My Bone Volume?

Many of our patients find out they need bone grafting when they attend a dental implant consultation at our Jackson, MS, practice. During a consultation, we conduct diagnostic imaging to assess the quality of your oral structures. Several factors are related to low bone density, including:

  • Long-Term Tooth Loss
  • Trauma to the Jaw
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Aging
  • Genetics

Everything You Need to Know About Grafts and Implants

What is a dental implant?

Essentially, a dental implant is a post that acts as a replacement for your tooth's roots. When paired with an abutment, it can support a custom restoration, like a crown, bridge, or denture.

How long will I need to wait in between grafting and implant placement?

It usually takes about three to six months for a bone graft to make it possible to place implants. We will schedule implant placement for patients in the greater Jackson, Clinton, and Ridgeland areas after the new bone has fully integrated.

Will I need to go through this process again?

No, you likely won't. In most cases, the procedures are successful — and they won't need to be repeated in the same area. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of dental implants is the fact that with good care, they can last for a lifetime.

Our Reputable Affiliations Put Patients at Ease

The American Academy of Periodontology
American Dental Association
Southern Academy of Periodontology
American College of Dentists

We Go Above and Beyond To Care for Our Patients

"Absolutely the best experience here for my 1st visit from entering to exit Everyone was exceptional. All nurses and my Dr. which was Dr. Stewart and EVERY nurse assisting. Just loved them ALL! I would highly recommend them to every and anyone!" Lisa Johnson

We Help Keep Treatment Affordable Insurance and Financing Are Accepted

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A. accepts most major insurance carriers to help you cover the costs of treatment. However, if you are uninsured or need additional help with out-of-pocket expenses, we also offer flexible financing through CareCredit®. Our team will be glad to go over your options and assist you with creating an affordable payment plan during your consultation.

What Happens During the Procedure?


Tissue from your own body (called an autogenous graft), donor tissue (an allograft), or synthetic bone material (an alloplast) is transferred to the jaw to restore a fracture or low bone density. Our practice in Jackson, MS, is equipped with the latest technology to ensure the most precise treatment and successful results.

Timeline of a Bone Graft Procedure

Grafting brings you one step closer to dental implants — and a healthy, beautiful smile.
Grafting brings you one step closer to dental implants — and a healthy, beautiful smile.


Before the surgery, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. If you are particularly anxious or sensitive, we can provide sedation to induce a deeper state of relaxation during surgery.


Next, our doctor will create incisions in the gums to access the atrophied jaw tissue.


Then, our dentist will fill in the areas where bone loss has occurred with grafting material. Depending on your needs, this may be bone tissue from another part of your body, an allograft of donor bank tissue, or synthetic material.


Once the graft material is securely in place, we will suture your gums closed and send you home to recover from your bone graft.


Over the next three to six months, the grafted tissue will consolidate with the existing jaw tissue, creating new bone and improving your bone density. Once you have healed from the surgery, we can proceed with your dental implant treatment.

What Is the Healing Process Like?

It's normal to experience some discomfort after bone grafting, especially in the first 48 hours following surgery. However, your pain levels should be mild enough to manage with over-the-counter medication or a low-dose prescription. You can expect some swelling and bruising in the treatment area that usually subsides in a few days. If you have questions or concerns at any time during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact our Jackson, MS, dental office. A team member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Explore Bone Grafting For a Healthy and Beautiful Smile

While patients with jawbone atrophy were once unable to get dental implants, bone grafts have made treatment accessible to virtually anyone. Check out the amazing transformation of this patient who restored their missing teeth with dental implants — or even view our entire gallery.
Before the implants procedure
After the implants procedure
Even if you don't qualify for implants now, a complete smile may still be possible with bone grafting. Our Jackson-area dentists are happy to explain your options during a dental consultation. To learn more, contact our caring team online or give our office a call.

We're Proud to Be Jackson County's Trusted Dental Office


Barbara Burk

Jackson, MS


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I’m a long time patient of Periodontal Associates of Jackson for over 30 years. I’ve had several different services at this clinic and have always been pleased with the overall service and expertise from the dentist and office staff. Professional and top notch always.

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Miriam Dockery

Jackson, MS


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From Connie who welcomed us on arrival to Molly our awesome dental hygienist our visit was great. Office is staffed with professional, courteous and helpful “people-persons

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Sinus Lifts Improve Implant Candidacy For Patients With Upper Jaw Bone Loss

Depending on your bone loss, you may need an alternative type of graft. Some patients have experienced bone loss in a particular location in the upper jaw between the molars and premolars. In other patients, the sinus membranes are naturally too close to an implant site.

In these cases, you may need a special type of graft known as a sinus lift. During this procedure, the sinus membrane is lifted, and an allograft or your own grafting material is placed to make it possible to safely place an implant without disturbing the sinuses.

Understanding Ridge Augmentation

In this video, Dr. Stewart explains that ridge augmentation has a different purpose than a standard bone graft, and is often used for patients with more substantial needs. Ridge augmentation safely increases your bone volume and reshapes the area along your alveolar ridge. This type of bone graft can help many patients with missing teeth qualify for implants. 

Are There Alternatives to Bone Grafting?

Many patients want to know if they can skip bone grafting before undergoing dental implant treatment. If you have suffered bone atrophy and are getting traditional dental implants, the answer is most likely "no." However, in cases of mild atrophy, we can often avoid the need for grafting by using an alternative procedure known as All-on-4®.

Instead of the standard six to eight implants per arch, All-on-4 supports a complete denture with just four strategically placed implant posts. Two of the implants are inserted at an angle into the jaw to gain the most support from the bone tissue you have left. Thanks to All-on-4, many patients can enjoy a full smile sooner.

From Clinton to Ridgeland, MS Dental Patients Have a Home for Top-Notch Care


Maurie Willis

Jackson, MS


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The absolute best staff and Dr. Stewart is awesome!! I have received the very best treatment from everyone there and they all truly care for me and my situation… I would give 10 stars if I could.

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Mary Curtis

Jackson, MS


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I am one who hates going to the dentist, but my experience here hasn't been so bad. The atmosphere is very inviting. Dr. Stewart was very thorough in explaining step by step what to expect during and after my surgery. The staff are friendly and pleasant. When I called, all my concerns were put to ease.

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Dr. Roger B Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart are committed to providing patients in Clinton, Ridgeland, and Jackson, MS, with high-quality care in a comfortable setting. They are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Jackson Dental Society

To schedule a consultation at our periodontal practice, contact us online or call (601) 956-1230.

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"Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff." Alex S.

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