Perhaps you are looking into getting dental implants, but you don’t have enough jawbone to properly support them. Or maybe you’ve just had a tooth extracted and there’s an indent where your old tooth used to be. Not to worry, with a bone grafting procedure the California Oral Surgery team can strengthen your jawbone using a bone. For a consultation, call the office or schedule your appointment conveniently online.
Why do I need a bone graft?
A bone graft is often necessary before a dental implant procedure. It’s necessary that your jawbone has enough density to properly support the implant. Often, patients opt for a bone graft after an extraction, so the area doesn’t feel indented. There are times when a bone graft might be necessary if you have gum disease or experience trauma to the jaw area.
What is the process for getting a graft?
Often times a bone graft is performed at the same time as your tooth extraction. If this is the case,the grafting material is placed into the socket directly after the tooth removal. By performing a bone graft at the same time as your extraction it saves you from multiple surgeries and appointments.
Bone grafts can be made from a variety of materials, including:
- Synthetic materials
- Bone material from another part of your body
- Human donor bone material
- Bone material from an animal source
If you are receiving a bone graft in a separate appointment our expert surgeon will cut into your gums revealing the bone site beneath. Your surgeon places the graft and covers it with a membrane. At this point the site is stitched up. Over the next few months your natural bone grows around the implant material adding strength and density.
Is the process painful?
If your bone graft is performed at the same time as your tooth extraction it is no more painful than that process. And since you will be under the influence of a local anesthetic and sedation if you choose, you won’t be able to feel the process. If your bone graft is occurring at a separate appointment, the same anesthesia or sedation is available.
After your bone graft, it takes a few days for your gums to heal. But your pain should be minimal and can be reduced by taking over-the-counter medicines. Your California Oral Surgeon will give you specific instructions after your procedure.
CAN BONE GRAFTING PREVENT DRY SOCKET?
A bone graft can be placed directly in the socket after an extraction, covering sensitive nerve endings and thereby preventing dry socket. It’s these sensitive nerve endings that can be exposed when the blood clot is dislodged that causes this painful condition.
WHY IS BONE GRAFTING NECESSARY AFTER EXTRACTION?
It is of great benefit to get a bone graft after a tooth extraction. When a tooth is extracted, there will be some bone loss in the alveolar ridge, the part of the jaw bone located beneath the gum line. The pressure exerted through the teeth and their roots when chewing encourages new bone growth as old bone cells need replacing. After a tooth is extracted, the pressure is no longer applied to the part of the jaw bone and it can shrink in size, making it weaker. This can create problems with your other teeth as your jawbone provides the foundation for them and keeps them all in their place. It is also good to maintain your jaw strength in the event that you decide to have a dental implant. Dental implants require a strong foundation and it is sometimes necessary to have a bone graft before they are fitted.
IS BONE GRAFTING NECESSARY FOR DENTURES?
A bone graft is often necessary for dental implants. If you are planning to get dentures, is it really necessary to have a bone graft? Consider two reasons why you may decide to have a bone graft. Firstly, your jaw bone will be stronger. This will give a strong foundation for your dentures. Secondly, a bone graft will create a smooth surface on the jaw bone. This will aid the stability of the dentures. If the jaw bone is uneven then the dentures have a greater chance of slipping around. If, however, you are looking for a perfect solution to slipping dentures then the surgeons at California Oral Surgery recommend you have dental implants fitted.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A BONE GRAFT?
The cost of a dental bone graft procedure can be anywhere between $400-$3000. Much will depend on the type of grafting procedure you undergo and the grafting materials used. For example, a block bone graft using bone from another part of your body would be a more expensive option than using a donor’s bone, animal bone, or synthetic materials. Whether multiple surgeries and anesthesia are needed will also affect the final cost.