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Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which the dentist uses grafting material from other sources to supplement your bone structure and help with bone regeneration. The bone grafting material may be derived from another part of your body, from another individual, from synthetic materials, or animals like cows.

Dental bone grafting is usually done to facilitate the regeneration of your jawbones, especially after you’ve suffered tooth loss. Bone grafting is most commonly done for dental implants if you don’t have enough bone structure to support the implants. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of dental bone grafting at Sun Ridge Smiles.

Necessity of Bone Graft for Dental Implant

To understand the importance of dental bone grafting, you need to first understand what dental implants are. Dental implants are the most effective means of replacing missing teeth — this is a procedure in which the dentist lodges titanium or metallic framework into your jawbone. Over time, your jaw bone grows around the dental implant, thereby rooting it in place and making it a part of your body. As such, the dental implant serves as a foundation on which the dentist can attach dental crowns, dental bridges, or other replacements for your teeth. As such, a dental implant is the strongest and most effective way to replace your teeth.

The biggest issue, however, is that you already need sufficient bone structure to get dental implants. But when you lose your teeth, you also start losing your bone structure. Without a tooth to support, your bone stops growing due to the lack of stimulus. Within a year of your tooth loss, you also lose about 25% of your jaw bone structure. As such, if you’ve waited a while before considering dental implants, you may not have sufficient bone structure for the procedure.

That’s why bone graft for dental implants is necessary. If you don’t have enough bone structure, the dentist uses grafting material from other sources to facilitate jaw bone regeneration. The dentist plants the grafting material within the empty socket of the missing tooth. In a few months, your bone starts growing and eventually replaces the grafting material. That, in turn, enables you to get dental implants.

Necessity of Dental Implants

So you understand why bone grafts are necessary for dental implants. But why are dental implants important? Who needs dental implants anyway? The following are some of the advantages of dental implants:

  • They replace the root structure of your teeth, thus setting a strong foundation for teeth replacement.
  • This is a permanent solution because dental implants stay with you all your life.
  • Dental implants work and look just like actual teeth.
  • They firmly hold your dental crowns and dentures so they don’t slip out.
  • Maintaining dental implants is just like maintaining your regular oral health.

Bone Graft Surgery Procedure

It’s impossible to discuss all the specific steps involved in bone graft surgery because it varies from situation to situation. The exact steps of the procedure will depend on the type of bone grafting material, the location of the bone graft, and other such factors. The grafting material facilitates bone regeneration and eventually replaces the grafting material.

However, the following is a brief overview of the steps involved in the bone graft procedure:

  • The dentist will examine your teeth and oral cavities using x-rays and other screening devices and tests. This will be done to examine the condition of your jawbone to determine if you’re suitable for dental implants.
  • Once the dentist has examined the condition of your jawbone, they’ll discuss your bone grafting options. You can get bone grafting material from another part of your body, another individual, animals, or from synthetic materials. The dentist will discuss all of these options with you.
  • The dentist will make an incision on your gum tissues above the empty socket of the missing tooth.
  • The dentist will place the grafting material within the gum tissues so it can facilitate bone regeneration.
  • The incision will be stitched up and allowed to heal.
  • The dentist may also use some collagen or other such materials to fasten the pace of bone regeneration.
  • Your bone will heal over several months and you’ll have to visit your dentist often so they can track the progress.

Advantages of Bone Graft

 Advantages of Bone Graft

The following are the primary benefits of bone grafting:

  • Bone grafting after tooth loss helps prevent bone loss.
  • Bone grafting helps with bone regeneration.
  • The entire procedure is painless because it’s done under anesthesia.
  • It allows you to get dental implants, which is the best tooth replacement option available.

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Bone Grafting Q&A

The cost of dental bone graft depends on various factors, including the type of bone grafting material and the amount necessary. Synthetic bone grafting material cost ranges from $250 to $1100. Bone grafting material from the patient’s own body or another individual’s body may cost between $2,000 and $3,000. In addition to the bone grafting procedure, you also have to pay for screening tests and other costs.

With bone grafting, it’s completely possible to regenerate lost bone structure in the human jaw.

If you’re suffering from bone loss, then the dentist can place bone grafting material inside the gums of the affected region to facilitate jawbone growth.

Schedule your Bone Grafting Appointment

Sun Ridge Smiles is the best clinic for bone grafting because our expert dentists carefully examine your oral health and jawbone and discuss all your grafting options before proceeding with the treatment. For more information, please schedule your bone grafting appointment today.