The strength of your jawbone is very important to your overall oral health. If your jawbone is weakened from physical trauma or missing teeth, you may need bone grafting so your jaw can properly fit both dental implants and your natural teeth. A bone graft helps to augment and build up your jawbone so it is dense enough to hold an implant. At SEDA Dental, osseous surgery is offered to strengthen your jaw before an implant surgery to replace missing or weakened teeth. Schedule an appointment at one of our offices in South Florida to receive more information on bone grafting.
Your jawbone may be weak if you have oral disease, such as gingivitis, or if you had a physical trauma to your mouth. Atrophy can also weaken the jawbone if you were missing a tooth (or teeth), and it was not treated/was replaced with a removable or cemented restoration instead of a dental implant. Bone grafting strengthens and prepares the jaw for a dental implant; however, you will have to be willing to commit time to the process. Bone grafting may need several months to heal, but you will experience a stronger, healthier jawbone that will not only support your dental implant but also your natural teeth for better overall oral health.
What To Expect
The process of your bone grafting procedure will depend on the source of the graft and how much grafting is needed. You may have bone taken from one area of your body, such as your chin, hip, or lower leg, which is known as an autograft. An autograft may be completed in our office using sedation and local anesthesia, or at a surgical facility using general anesthesia. Additional graft options include an allograft, which uses bone harvested from another human. A xenograft uses bone taken from an animal, typically a cow. An alloplast is a synthetic bone graft. During your consultative appointment, we will discuss your graft options and help you determine the best choice.
When your selected graft is ready, we will numb the treatment area and place an incision through the gum tissue to expose the bone. Your prepared graft will be affixed to your jawbone along with proteins and collagen that encourage the graft to attach and grow. The gum tissue will be sutured closed, and the mouth will be cleaned.
In the following 6 – 9 months, the graft should bond with your jaw, a process known as osseointegration. Within this timeframe, it is important to maintain a good oral care routine with flossing and brushing, plus any additional products suggested. We may provide a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics for any inflammation or discomfort after your bone graft. You may need to make follow-up appointments at SEDA Dental to check your progress and to decide when your jawbone is strong enough for a dental implant.
Our office can contact your dental insurance company to determine your benefits and out-of-pocket cost, although if it is medically necessary, part of your costs for the surgery are typically paid. At your consultative appointment, we may estimate your costs with or without dental insurance, and discuss payment options, including low-interest medical financing.
Help strengthen your jaw so it can hold both your natural teeth and dental implants with bone grafting at SEDA Dental. During your consultation, you can learn about your bone graft options and receive a custom plan for treatment that leads to a stronger jaw and healthier mouth. Contact one of our offices in South Florida to schedule your appointment.