What Is a Bone Graft?
Bone loss in the jaw may result from gum disease or other sources and can impact your oral health and appearance in several ways. When this bone deterioration occurs, there may be too little structure to properly support a dental implant. Similar to real teeth, implants need a certain amount of bone volume and density to successfully replace missing teeth. In these cases, bone grafts are often performed to enable the placement of a dental implant. At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, our dental experts perform bone grafts by using bone tissue from your mouth or donor source to regenerate your jawbone. This can increase your candidacy for dental implants and help maintain a natural shape for your face and jaw. Learn more about the benefits of bone grafting by talking with our Harker Heights, TX team.
"Friendly, sweet and efficient! Clean! I love Ace Dental especially the Harker Heights and Killeen Offices!!! The staff are awesome servants!!!"- J.S. / Google / Oct 06, 2021
"From the very first time I stepped into the office everyone has been beyond friendly and helpful. I’ve been 3x in the last week including today for a scheduled root canal which was handled flawlessly. They made sure I was comfortable before during and after the procedure and they made sure to explain what was happening, happened and why. I definitely recommend!!"- J. / Google / Oct 03, 2021
"This place has the best staff ever. They are so awesome that I paid for my work and I was out of network. Everyone is nice from the front to the back. These ladies are everything💕"- M.C. / Google / Sep 14, 2021
"This place has the best staff ever. They are so awesome that I paid for my work and I was out of network. Everyone is nice from the front to the back. These ladies are everything"- M.C. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2021
"I got my clipped tooth fixed and I’m loving my smile CANT stop smiling !!"- A.T. / Google / Sep 03, 2021
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bone Graft?
A bone graft may be recommended if you have bone loss in your jaw and you are interested in replacing teeth with implants. Bone grafting may also be utilized to provide support for existing teeth, prevent facial features from collapsing, and to enhance your overall oral function. In addition to gum disease, bone loss may result from tooth loss or oral trauma. When teeth are removed from the jaw, the underlying bone starts to deteriorate, which can leave a depression in the jawbone and too little bone to properly support an implant. A dental bone graft at our Harker Heights, TX practice can rebuild your jawbone and help improve your implant candidacy.
What Is the Treatment Process?
The treatment process for a bone graft may vary according to where the bone tissue samples are obtained and the severity of tissue loss. At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, our dentists commonly perform the following types of bone grafting procedures:
- Autografts: With this type of graft, we use your own bone tissue taken from your chin or another area of your body.
- Allografts: These grafts implement bone tissue from a human source (such as a bone bank).
- Xenografts: We perform this form of bone grafting with animal-based tissue, typically of a bovine (cow) source.
- Alloplasts: This approach utilizes synthetic materials that are compatible with the human body.
On the day of your procedure, we will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. An incision in the gums will then be made, which will allow us to access the underlying bone and place the bone graft material over the depleted area. Tissue regenerative factors may also be applied to help stimulate natural bone growth in your jaw. Sutures will then be placed to close the area, completing the procedure.
Recovery Following Bone Grafting
You may notice swelling or tenderness in your jaw after your bone grafting visit. To increase your comfort as you heal, we may issue a prescription for pain medication or suggest applying cold packs to your face. The grafting material will bond with your jawbone (osseointegrate) over the next nine months to form a solid foundation. It is essential to follow good oral care at home, including daily brushing and flossing, to help maintain a healthy oral environment during this time. Once your bone graft has healed, you can move forward with your dental implant procedure.
Insurance Coverage for Bone Grafts
Bone grafting procedures may be covered in part under by some dental insurance providers. We will review your benefits beforehand and help you maximize your coverage, which might help lower the cost of your care. To help make covering any personal expenses more convenient for you, ACE Dental of Harker Heights proudly accepts a range of flexible payment options, such as low-interest medical financing plans.
Create the Foundation for Dental Implant Success
The success of dental implants relies heavily on the quality and quantity of bone in the jaw. If bone loss has affected your oral health, appearance, or candidacy for implants, we invite you to explore the option of bone grafting with our skilled Harker Heights, TX dentists. We are pleased to offer a range of solutions to help meet your needs and goals. Contact ACE Dental of Harker Heights today, and let us help establish a foundation for dental implant success!