Bone grafting supports both aesthetics and function. It is usually performed for the immediate area to support an implant.
What Is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a bone that has been grafted onto other bone tissue. To graft is the process of uniting and encouraging biological tissue to grow, either through implantation or by placing them on each other.
Oral bone grafts are usually used to thicken and widen the bone ridge that teeth roots are embedded in (the alveolar ridge). Bone tissue may also be applied to the base of the sinus cavity to help support upper teeth.
The bone grafting material usually comes from any of the following sources:
- Yourself (Autograft).
- Your body is most likely to accept your bone. Bone is commonly harvested from your chin or hip.
- Another human donor (Allograft).
- It is carefully tested and sterilized to keep you safe. All organic material is removed, leaving only useful minerals for your body to use.
- Cows (Xenograft).
- Cow bone is genetically compatible with most people, so you shouldn’t have issues with it bonding to your bone. It will be tested and processed the same as donated human bone.
- Synthetic (Alloplast).
- These are mixtures of biocompatible minerals and bone growth stimulators.
Benefits of Dental Bone Grafting for Implant Dentistry
Bone grafts can:
- Create a sturdy foundation for further dental work.
- Save loose teeth by regenerating more bone around their roots.
- Help protect jaws from fracturing, because your bone is stronger.
- Support your facial features and make you look more youthful.
How Does a Dental Bone Grafting Procedure Work?
Dental bone grafting is a regular procedure that usually takes less than an hour to complete. Local anesthesia is all that is necessary, but sedation dentistry can be used to make clients more comfortable.
- The grafting material is inserted into the empty cavity of a tooth or against bone under the gum line.
- The grafting material is then secured in place and the wound is closed.
Some grafts are minor enough to allow for an implant at the same time as the bone graft. If you need a lot of bone, then it is normal practice to wait several months for your bone to regrow before proceeding with an implant.
After Treatment Care and What to Expect
Anti-inflammatory medication, ice, and possibly pain medication can help with any arising tenderness and discomfort that you may experience. Rest assured, you will be feeling like your old self soon.
The process of bone growth is a slower affair that will take several months. You’ll want to keep the graft site still and not apply a lot of pressure to it during this time. Patience is rewarded with strong support for beautifully restored teeth that can last the rest of your life.
What Is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is a minor bone graft procedure where a bone graft is placed on the floor of the sinus cavity. Just between the existing bone, and your sinus membrane.
What’s the Benefit of a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift graft creates enough bone on the top of your mouth to support an implant for upper teeth. Your sinus membrane will be lifted, and not altered in any major way.
A Bone Graft Teeth Can Depend On
Bone grafting creates an ideal foundation for teeth. Whether those teeth are arranged in a bridge, a single tooth, dentures, or your natural teeth.
Implants and tooth roots serve the same function. Like the foundational beams of a skyscraper, they need to be embedded in the bedrock of your mouth. That bedrock is a thick section of bone that can withstand the surprisingly large forces produced when you chew and bite.
How Much Does a Bone Graft Cost?
The cost of bone grafts varies depending on the type of graft, whether sedation is used, your chosen oral surgery provider (or prosthodontist), and where the bone material is sourced from.
Dental insurance can cover a part or all of the cost if your reason for the implant and bone graft falls under their terms. Tooth loss or damage due to disease are usually causes that can activate insurance coverage.
Find Out More About Dental Bone Grafting
Dental by Design is both a family dental and oral health specialist clinic. Our staff can support your dentistry goals through the procedure and beyond. Call us today to schedule your FREE consultation.