About Bone Grafting
There are several dental issues that can cause the bone in your jaw to deteriorate, such as losing your natural teeth, periodontal disease, and physical trauma. If the bone loss is too severe, you might not have enough bone structure to support dental implants, which are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. The highly skilled dental providers at ACE Dental of Cove can provide bone grafting to repair lost volume and generate new growth. Bone grafting may even be able to use bone tissue from your own body to encourage healthy bone growth. If you are experiencing bone loss in your jaw but are interested in a dental implant, ask one of our dentists about bone grafting as a way to replenish bone density.
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Ideal Candidates for a Bone Graft
If you’ve had a permanent tooth removed and would like to build support for your remaining natural teeth or for a future dental implant, bone grafting may be right for you. When teeth are removed, the surrounding bone begins to atrophy, leaving you with an indention in the curvature of your teeth and too little substance to support a dental implant. When we introduce healthy tissue into this area, your jawbone can regain its function. A bone graft can improve the function of your teeth and give your cheeks a fuller appearance.
The Bone Grafting Process
There are different kinds of bone grafting procedures, depending on the complexity of your case and your individual needs.
- Autographs use bone from another part of your body, such as the chin or back of your jaw.
- Allografts use human donor tissue (typically from a bone bank).
- Alloplasts use synthetically made materials that are compatible with the human body.
- Xenografts use animal donor tissue, which is usually bovine (cow).
Bone grafting is typically performed using a local anesthetic, but we can also provide nitrous oxide sedation to make you feel more comfortable. Once you are ready, a highly qualified dentist will make an incision in your gums to access your jawbone. The graft material will be applied to the bone along with collagen and regenerative boosting materials to incite bone growth. We will then put sutures in place to close the incision, and you will be given several months to heal.
Recovery Following Bone Grafting
After your bone grafting procedure is complete, you may notice some discomfort and swelling in your jaw. Over-the-counter pain medication and cold packs are recommended, but your dentist may also prescribe you pain medication. Your jawbone will integrate this new tissue into its bone structure over the next nine months. During this period of healing, it is important to maintain an oral hygiene schedule that includes brushing and flossing daily. After your bone graft has healed, we can continue making plans for your dental implant placement.
Insurance Coverage for Bone Grafts
Some dental insurance plans may offer to partially cover your bone graft. Our billing team will contact your insurance provider and calculate how much your remaining portion will be. If you don’t have dental insurance or can’t afford your copay, ACE Dental of Cove accepts several methods of payment, and we can help you apply for low-interest medical financing to find a solution that fits your budget.
Strengthen Your Jawbone With a Bone Graft
Restoring your jawbone may be the only way to successfully receive a dental implant. The remarkable dental team at ACE Dental of Cove is excited to offer bone grafting as a method to increase your jaw density for a dental implant. To find out more about bone grafting, contact our Copperas Cove, TX office today to schedule a consultation.