Waiting to replace a lost tooth has its consequences. Bone resorption begins soon after your tooth is lost and makes it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to properly place dental implants. Luckily, bone grafting can make you an ideal candidate for dental implants.
Bone grafting is an oral surgery that is performed to increase bone density in patients who have experienced resorption after tooth loss or need additional bone in their jaw to support a dental implant. Dental implants are the best way to restore missing teeth as they look and feel natural and can last years with proper care. Bone grafting is an initial step that can expand your options for tooth replacement.
Modern bone grafting was first developed in Germany in the early 1820s.
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Dental implants are superior to all other methods of tooth replacement, including partial dentures and dental bridges. With a bone graft, you can strengthen your jaw bone and prepare for a permanent dental implant.
Over time, jaw bone loss can lead to a “sunken” appearance and changes in your facial structure. With bone grafts and dental implants, your facial structure won’t change, and you can maintain your appearance.
Jaw bone loss will only get worse over time without treatment. With a bone graft, you can reverse it, and dental implants help stimulate your jaw and keep it healthy. This prevents the weakening of nearby jaws and teeth.
First, your dentist will need to take a look at your mouth to make sure bone grafts are necessary for your implant. They will perform an oral exam, take x-rays of your jaw, and review your dental history to determine if bone grafting is appropriate for your situation.
If you’re approved for treatment, you’ll come back for a follow-up and get your surgery. To begin the procedure, your dentist will clean and numb the treatment area. Then, they will create a small opening in the gums and jaw, and pack special bone granules into the area. After this, they will clean up the treatment area and suture it shut. You’ll be sent home to rest and recover.
You’ll follow your dentist's recovery instructions, and your mouth will feel normal after 2-4 weeks. However, it will take up to 3-9 months for new, healthy bone material to heal around your graft. You’ll come back to our office for a few follow-ups during this time, and your dentist will make sure your recovery is on track.
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The cost of oral surgery varies from procedure to procedure based on the complexity of the surgery and the materials used. If your dental and/or medical insurance doesn’t cover your oral surgery, ask about financing options so you can create a payment plan that fits your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
There are four main types of bone grafts: allografts, autografts, xenografts, and synthetic bone grafts.
Allografts utilize tissue from a human donor to replace missing bone. Certain measures are taken to ensure successful osseointegration.
Patients who receive an autograft will have bone tissue removed from another part of their body that will be used to restore lost volume in their jaw.
Xenografts are made from animal tissue, such as cow, horse, or pig.
There are a wide range of biocompatible materials that can be used in place of donor tissue. Synthetic bone grafts, also known as Alloplastic grafts, offer a degree of flexibility when it comes to treatment, and is the best option for certain patients.
Bone grafts may be covered in full or in part by your insurance provider depending on your particular plan and scope of coverage. Talk to your dental insurance provider about your benefits to find out if your recommended oral surgery will be covered.
The length of time required to perform a bone graft can vary depending on several factors. Where the graft is taking place, the size of the graft, and the type of material used can all impact the duration of your procedure. Your dentist will provide you with a thorough explanation of the treatment, and give you information about what to expect on the day of the procedure and how to properly prepare for it.