About Bone Grafting
Bone deterioration in the jaw may result from conditions, like periodontal (gum) disease, physical trauma, or the loss of natural teeth. When this occurs, there may be too little bone structure left to properly support dental implants, which require a certain level of bone volume and density to effectively replace missing teeth. The skilled practitioners at ACE Dental of Temple are pleased to offer bone grafting procedures to help replenish lost bone and regenerate a healthy jawbone structure. Bone grafting uses bone tissue from your own body or another source to rebuild your jaw so that it is strong enough to support an implant. If you have jawbone loss and are interested in replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, please schedule a visit with one of our Temple, TX general dentists to explore your bone grafting options.
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Is a Bone Graft Right for You?
Patients who have experienced jawbone loss and need to create support for future dental implants or remaining natural teeth may be good candidates for bone grafting. After teeth are removed from the jaw, the surrounding bone starts to deteriorate. This can leave an indentation in the arch, and ultimately, too little structure to hold an implant in place. By adding healthy bone tissue to the area, we may be able to rebuild the jawbone and replace what has been lost. A bone graft followed by tooth replacement with an implant can both improve oral function and restore a fuller, more youthful appearance to the cheeks and face.
The Treatment Process
Bone grafting procedures will vary according to the amount of grafting required and the source of the grafting material. We may use one of the following approaches to perform these services:
- Autografts are performed with bone taken from another part of your body, like the back of the jaw or your chin.
- Allografts use bone tissue taken from human donor source (usually a bone bank).
- Alloplasts utilize biocompatible materials that are synthetically-derived.
- Xenografts incorporate bone tissue from an animal source (typically bovine, or cow).
We perform bone grafting under local anesthetic in one of our state-of-the-art treatment rooms. Once you are numb, our team will create an incision in the gum tissue to access your jaw. The graft material will be positioned over the bone along with proteins, collagen, and other regenerative factors that can help encourage new bone growth. Sutures will then be placed, and your jaw will be given some time to heal.
Recovery Following Bone Grafting
You may have some swelling and tenderness in your jaw following your bone grafting procedure. We may suggest applying cold packs to your face or prescribe pain medication to help relieve these symptoms. Your bone graft will integrate with the existing bone in your jaw over the next nine months. It is very important to keep up with good oral hygiene each day during this time, which includes brushing, flossing, and using any products recommended by the ACE Dental of Temple team. Once your bone graft has healed, we can move forward with your dental implant procedure.
Are Bone Grafts Covered by Insurance?
Some dental insurance plans may offer partial coverage for bone grafting procedures. Our knowledgeable billing team will review your plan and let you know of any out-of-pocket costs you may have for your care. At ACE Dental of Temple, we accept a variety of affordable payment options and can work with you to design a financial solution around your budget. Our team will also be happy to help you apply for special financing programs.
Rebuild Your Jaw With Bone Grafting Services
Replenishing lost bone in your jaw may be essential for providing ideal implant support and maintaining a natural facial shape. The skilled team at ACE Dental of Temple is pleased to offer bone grafting services to help strengthen your jawbone and increase your candidacy for dental implants. Schedule a visit at our friendly Temple, TX practice to explore the option of bone grafting, and learn how it might help renew your oral function and appearance.