When you’re missing more than a few teeth, you might think about getting dental implants. However, we can’t fit them if you have a significant bone deficiency in your jaw. So, before we can accommodate your dental implant, we need to replace the missing bone.
Our surgeons have years of experience in bone grafting, so you can rest easy knowing you’re in safe hands. Feel free to use our online booking form to schedule your consultation with our expert dentists at California Oral Surgery in Stockton, CA.
What Is A Block Bone Graft?
In basic terms, a bone graft takes a fragment of bone from one area of your body and uses it on another part. Sometimes, we use synthetic bone tissue for a ridge preservation graft, but we’ll recommend the best course of action based on an initial assessment.
There are three primary types of bone grafts — block, sinus lift procedure, and socket graft. The latter being a minor bone grafting process on the jaw. The block type, however, is known as a major graft.
When block grafting, we can use synthetic bone, your own bone, tissue banks, or even bovine bone as the donor bone. Autogenous grafts (i.e., using your own bone) utilize healthy bone from your tibia, third molars (around your wisdom teeth area), or hip. When possible, we prefer this type of bone grafting since it ensures a natural bone replacement.
When Do You Need A Block Bone Graft?
The most common reason for this type of bone grafting is dental implants when you have a lot of resorbed jaw bone. However, you can’t receive an implant replacement once bone loss occurs until enough support is at the implant site. So, we harvest a bone block and attach it to the native bone to revive the density.
If you don’t have major resorption, you may need a socket bone graft instead. It’s the most common type of graft used to prevent the alveolar bone from atrophying.
Besides dental implants, we might suggest a block bone grafting for natural bone deterioration caused by:
- Development defects
- Tooth extraction
- Gum disease
- Face trauma or injury
The Block Bone Grafting Procedure
Grafting for dental implants is a simple process that our experienced dental surgeons have performed many times. The steps are as follows:
- The procedure involves removing a one square centimeter block of bone from another area in your body and installing it into the implant placement site to provide extra support.
- We then use tiny screws to secure the grafted bone in place.
- Next, we cover the area with cattle and collagen particles.
- Then, we close the site.
The process is relatively fast. However, you must wait four months before getting your dental implant to ensure the block has effectively grafted to the jaw.
How Much Do Bone Block Grafts Cost?
As mentioned, we conduct this variety of bone grafting only when you have severe deterioration in your lower or upper jaw. So, it’s usually more expensive than a standard socket bone graft since it requires more time, skill, material, and equipment.
The procedure could cost anywhere from $1,200 and $3,000, but it fluctuates from patient to patient and depends on:
- The type of grafted bone
- The extent of the surgery
- Your dental insurance cover
- Additional costs (x-rays, CT scans, etc.)
We’re proud to say we accept all kinds of insurance plans to cover the dental bone grafting cost, including Medicare, CCPOA, Aetna, Delta Dental, Cigna, and Denti-Cal.
Remember, not everybody needs a block procedure before getting a dental implant. But the only way to know for sure is to use our online booking form to schedule a consultation with our caring, professional dental surgeons at California Oral Surgery in Stockton, California.
Why Does Tooth Loss Cause Bone Loss?
The alveolar bone holds your teeth in place. If you have missing teeth, it begins atrophying since it has nothing to do. Over time, degeneration spreads to the upper and lower jaw. While we’d love to fix the issue with dental implants straight away, it’s sadly impossible. Dental implants only work when they have enough bone to hold them in place.
Is a Block Graft Painful?
No, we perform this type of bone grafting all the time at our oral and maxillofacial surgery! It’s an outpatient surgical procedure, and you’ll sleep through it all (with the help of an anesthetic, of course). You shouldn’t feel any pain after the process, either. Just think of it as the first step toward your shiny new dental implant.