What Is Bone Grafting?
All of our teeth are grounded in our jawbone by a tooth root. When a tooth is removed and a dental implant isn't placed right away, a natural deterioration occurs and the bone that once surrounded the tooth root begins to deplete. Without sufficient bone mass, a dental implant can't be placed, which is necessary for the support of restorations, like crowns, bridges, and dentures. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, we offer bone grafting to correct bone loss for the future placement of dental implants and restorations. There are multiple bone grafting techniques, but all of them use some form of bone material to rebuild the jawbone. If you'd like to restore the cosmetic and function of your smile, reach out to our highly trained team today in Bellmead, TX to schedule a consultation. We'll be happy to discuss all of your options for bone grafting.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate for Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting surgery may be recommended to men and women who have significant bone loss in their jawbone and require dental implants to correct the look and function of their teeth. Bone loss can occur for many reasons, such as an injury, severe gum infection, or if a missing tooth is left unrestored for too long. When a tooth is removed, the surrounding bone becomes vulnerable as it is no longer supported by a tooth root. Over time, the bone begins to collapse and shrink, causing a ridge in the jaw. This often results in insufficient bone support for future dental implants. Bone grafting can correct this issue and restore lost bone to provide a strong foundation for implants and cosmetic restorations. Replacing lost bone is essential for long-term oral health and function, in addition to attaining a natural, youthful smile.
What Is The Bone Grafting Process?
Your bone surgery will differ, depending on the type of graft used and the amount of bone needed. Common bone grafting techniques include:
- Autografts extract and transfer bone tissue from the patient's body, usually from the chin or jaw.
- Allografts are sourced from a donor and typically take longer to integrate into the recipient's body.
- Xenografts use bone that is extracted from an animal, most commonly a cow.
- Alloplasts utilize artificial, biocompatible bone material to correct bone loss.
On the day of your surgery, we will numb the target area with a local anesthetic and create a small incision in the gum tissue to access the bone. The designated graft will then be inserted into the jawbone, along with guided tissue regeneration, such as proteins, collagen, and other growth factors, to stimulate bone development. The gums will then be closed with sutures.
What Will Recovery Be Like after A Bone Graft Treatment?
After your procedure, it's normal to experience some swelling and tenderness in the treatment area, but these symptoms can be eased with over-the-counter pain medication and a cold compress. Depending on the invasiveness of your surgery, we may also prescribe prescription pain medication. Over the next nine months, the bone graft with gradually fuse with your jawbone and follow-up appointments will be scheduled so we can monitor your healing progress. During your recovery, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene habits at home and follow all post-op instructions provided by our office. Once the bone graft has fully healed, we can place your dental implant to prepare for future restorations.
Will Insurance Cover Insurance Bone Grafts?
Bone grafting surgery may be covered in part by dental insurance, but this will vary per carrier. Prior to your treatment, our insurance specialists will contact your provider to confirm your coverage plan and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. ACE Dental of Bellmead is pleased to provide affordable, family dental care and proudly accepts a wide variety of payment options, including medical financing.
Bone grafting FAQ
How long goes it take for a bone graft to heal?
Healing after a bone graft generally takes a minimum of four months. This is to allow the graft to integrate with the jaw. Our team monitors your progress and lets you know once it's reached the stage for an implant of a dental bridge. When you require bone grafting for dental implants, please schedule a consultation with our dental team today.
Where do the bone grafts come from?
There are several places a bone graft originates from. The most common include bone from your own body (autograft), from a human donor (allograft), and from an animal (xenograft). A synthetic biocompatible material is also used (alloplast). When you're ready to schedule your dental bone graft in Bellmead, TX contact our dental office. We'll help you determine which type is right for you.
Are there specific dietary restrictions following a bone graft?
A soft food diet and chewing on the opposite side of the mouth where the graft is placed is ideal. You should also avoid sticky and hard foods like popcorn, candy, ice cubes, and chips.
long-term support for healthy teeth
Having a strong, healthy jawbone is crucial to the overall wellness and function of your smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, and did not place a dental implant, chances are, you may have already suffered from some bone loss. Contact ACE Dental of Bellmead to schedule a dental exam at our office in Bellmead, TX to see if you may be a candidate for bone grafting surgery.