What Is a Bone Graft?
The strength of your jawbone is vital to your overall oral health. Your jawbone acts as a structural foundation for your teeth, keeping them healthy and securely in place. When poor oral hygiene, tooth loss, injury, or periodontal disease cause bone loss, this tissue needs to be rebuilt to restore the integrity of your internal structures. Our skilled team of oral and maxillofacial specialists regularly conducts bone grafting procedures at our Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO offices for patients who require enough bone tissue to support dental implants or to restore their facial appearance. If you think your oral health could benefit from a bone grafting procedure by one of our skilled doctors, contact our office and schedule an appointment so we can assess the health and condition of your jawbone.
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Am I a Candidate for Dental Bone Grafting?
You may be a candidate for a bone grafting procedure if you have endured bone breakdown as a result of oral trauma, advanced periodontal disease, or tooth loss. Bone loss can occur from tooth loss because the tooth roots cease to stimulate the underlying jawbone, which causes the unused bone to deteriorate. This could cause areas of your face to acquire a caved-in appearance and make it hard for dental implants to be supported. When missing teeth are replaced with dental implants, they are able to engage the support of the jawbone to prevent it from deteriorating, whereas removable appliances (like dentures and bridges) can cause the bone to wear away. In order to determine if you qualify for a bone grafting procedure, we will use digital x-rays or 3D imaging to gain a comprehensive view of your internal oral and facial structures. From there, one of our doctors will be able to create a personalized treatment plan to restore your jawbone health.
How Is JawBone Grafting Done?
Once we have assessed the condition of your jawbone, one of our doctors will develop your personalized treatment plan. Our surgeons employ a range of techniques to perform effective bone graft procedures that suit a wide range of unique situations, including:
- An autograft, which uses bone tissue taken from an area of your body (like the hip, shin, or chin) to replace worn away bone tissue in the jaw
- An allograft, which utilizes tissue from a human donor or bone bank
- An alloplast, which involves the use of synthetic, biocompatible tissue to rebuild the jawbone
- A xenograft, which uses bone tissue harvested from an animal (usually a cow)
Depending on the technique used and the extent of the procedure, our doctors may use sedation techniques paired with local anesthesia or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. We begin by numbing the grafting sites and making a small incision into the gums to access the jawbone. We will then carefully place the donor bone and may add biologic components to the area to encourage speedier healing and quick bone growth. Once your jawbone has been rebuilt with the donor tissue, we will close your gums and cleanse the treatment sites.
What to Expect After a Dental Bone Graft
After your bone grafting procedure, it will take some time for the new tissue to fully integrate with your jawbone to create a solid foundation for an implant or restoration. This is accomplished by a process known as osseointegration. You won't be able to receive dental implants until the donor tissue has fully integrated with your natural bone. Following your treatment, a member of our team will give you detailed instructions to help you care for the grafting sites. You will need to continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly and use any recommended products, like antibacterial mouthwashes. One of our doctors can prescribe pain medication to reduce any post-treatment discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent an infection from developing. We urge all patients to attend their scheduled follow-up visits at our Colorado Springs or Pueblo, CO offices so our team can monitor their progress and let them know when the osseointegration process is complete.
Does Insurance Cover Bone Grafting?
Coverage for a bone grafting procedure will depend on your individual insurance policy. Some plans may cover some of the costs of the treatment. To get an idea of your benefits, a member of our team will get in touch with your provider and file a claim on your behalf. We will then calculate any out-of-pocket costs. To cover these costs, our offices accept a range of payments, including most major credit cards and medical financing through CareCredit®.
Treat Bone Loss in the Jaw
Bone grafting may be necessary if you wish to receive dental implants but lack the structural foundation of a strong jawbone. This procedure utilizes donor bone tissue from a human, animal, or biocompatible source to rebuild bone mass that has deteriorated over time. To find out if your restorative dental care could benefit from a bone grafting treatment, contact our Colorado Springs or Pueblo, CO offices and get in touch with our team of skilled maxillofacial specialists.