When we think about bone, we think of a structure inside our bodies that we can’t see. Bone seems unchangeable unless you experience a break or need surgery. However, bone can often change density over time.
You may have heard of bone grafting for a reason that has nothing to do with dentistry. Bone grafts have been used in the past to repair damaged bones or joints. The body’s natural healing process encourages bone regrowth around the dental bone graft, making the bone stronger and denser.
What Is a Dental Bone Graft?
Sometimes, if you need an implant and do not have sufficient bone to place the implant, a bone graft solves this problem by helping you grow more bone to hold the implant. For one type of bone graft, Dr. Skinner will take a piece of denser bone tissue, often from another part of your jaw, and graft it onto the weaker or smaller part of your jaw.
We also use bone from tissue banks to give you the tissue you need to place the implants you want. We can also use growth factor concentrates to help you grow tissue and get an extraordinary outcome. This bone grafting procedure encourages bone fusion and regrowth to provide a denser, more stable base for your dental implant.
Bone Graft for Dental Implant
Before you can be considered a good candidate for dental implants, we need to ensure your jawbone density is high enough to support an implant for the long term.
If your jawbone has been weakened by a previous injury or by tooth loss, don’t count yourself out! We may be able to improve the health of your jaw with a bone graft.
We may recommend a dental bone graft due to one or more of the following reasons:
- To give you enough bone structure of your jaw to place an implant or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
- The bone graft increases jawbone density, creating a more stable environment for your dental implant.
- A dental bone graft can also help rebuild and improve facial structure, making your bones healthier and giving you a more youthful appearance.
Have you suffered bone loss because of issues like missing teeth or gum disease? Fortunately, our office provides high-quality bone grafting services so you can receive the dental implants you need.
How Does a Dental Bone Grafting Procedure Work?
During your FREE consultation, Dr. Skinner will examine your teeth and bone tissue to determine if you need a dental bone graft to achieve your desired goals. We can schedule an appointment for the procedure as soon as we know what needs to be done and what materials we’ll use to achieve your treatment goals.
When you come in for your bone graft treatment appointment, our dental team will ensure you feel well and comfortable. Most healthy individuals can use bone from another part of their body, often the back part of the jaw.
Other times, we can get bone from tissue banks to complete your grafting procedure. In some cases, our team will use advanced treatments like platelet-rich fibrin (PRF or PRP) to add growth factors to accelerate healing and decrease the risks of infection significantly.
After Treatment Care and What To Expect
Our office will supply you with specific instructions and any necessary medications—including antibiotics most times to prevent any possible postoperative infection, as well as certain gels that can be used to accelerate your healing.
You can use ice and anti-inflammatory medication to keep the swelling and pain to a minimum. We may also recommend different types of over-the-counter pain medications and a soft foods diet for a few days, depending on your needs, to keep you comfortable during the healing process.
Your graft may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to fuse with your jawbone. Once the bone has fused, the jaw will be strong enough for dental implant placement.
A Bone Graft Teeth Can Depend On
When you receive a bone graft for dental implant surgery, you know you’ll have a stronger foundation for your new tooth to be healthy in the long term. If you need a bone graft for dental implant placement, we will ensure you know what to expect and how the bone graft will help you achieve your health goals.
How Much Does a Bone Graft Cost?
A bone graft’s total cost varies depending on your overall health and how much weakened bone tissue needs to be repaired. Your dental insurance may partially cover dental bone graft costs. We also offer payment plans and different forms of payment for your convenience to make sure you can get the dental care you need.
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