About Bone Grafting
At ACE Dental of New Braunfels, we offer bone grafting services to treat bone loss in the jaw and create the support necessary to support dental implants. As a long-term tooth replacement option, implants fuse with the jawbone and rely on a healthy level of bone for support, much like natural teeth. A bone graft regenerates lost bone by adding healthy tissue taken from your own body (or an outside source) to the jaw in order to reestablish a solid foundation capable of holding an implant. If you have bone deterioration from gum (periodontal) disease, tooth loss, or a physical injury, we invite you to meet with one of our general dentists to learn if a bone graft from our New Braunfels, TX practice can help increase your candidacy for receiving a dental implant.
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Are You a Candidate for Bone Grafting?
Ideal candidates for bone grafting procedures are generally those who have lost bone in their jaw and need to rebuild these areas to support a future dental implant or their remaining teeth. Jawbone loss is most commonly caused by advanced periodontitis but may also result from trauma to the jaw or the loss of natural teeth. When teeth are missing, the underlying jaw structure starts to atrophy. This forms an indentation in the bony arch and may ultimately leave too little structure in which to place a dental implant. By performing bone grafting for New Braunfels, TX patients, we can often replace what has been lost and increase the chances of implant success. Bone grafting can also improve overall oral function while helping to maintain facial volume and appearance.
The Bone Grafting Process
Bone grafting procedures at ACE Dental of New Braunfels are customized to meet individual needs and will vary according to the amount of grafting required and the source of the grafting tissue. Bone grafting procedures may be completed as one of the following:
- Autografts source bone grafting tissue from another part of your body, like the jaw or chin.
- Xenografts use animal-derived tissue samples, often from a bovine source (cow).
- Allografts are performed with bone graft material from another human (generally provided by a bone bank).
- Alloplasts utilize synthetic-based materials that are compatible with the human body.
On the day of your bone grafting treatment, we will numb your jaw for comfort. An incision will be made in the gum tissue, and the graft will be positioned precisely over your jawbone. Proteins, collagen, and other guided tissue regeneration factors may also be added to help promote bone regrowth. Your gums will then be sutured closed, and your mouth will be given time to heal.
Recovery Following Bone Grafting
It is normal to notice tenderness and swelling in the jaw following bone grafting procedures. Aftercare instructions will be provided by our team, which may include taking prescription pain medication or applying cold packs to help improve your comfort as you recover. The grafted material will integrate with your existing jawbone tissue over the next several months via a process referred to as osseointegration. Throughout this time, we encourage you to follow good oral hygiene habits, including daily brushing and flossing. Once your bone graft is fully healed, you can then begin the process of replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant.
Insurance Coverage for Bone Grafts
A portion of your bone grafting procedure may be covered under your dental insurance plan. Our treatment coordinator can contact your carrier to review your benefits and then provide you with an estimate of any out-of-pocket costs. At ACE Dental of New Braunfels, we strive to make dental care accessible to all patients and accept a number of convenient payment options. Our team can help you review your financial choices and even assist you in applying for special medical financing plans.
Bone Grafting Treatment for Implant Support
The health of your jawbone is vital to your oral function, as well as your physical appearance. When bone loss leaves too little support in the jaw for tooth replacement, bone grafting at our New Braunfels, TX practice may create the structure needed to successfully support dental implants. Schedule a consultation at ACE Dental of New Braunfels to meet with our experienced dentists, and explore your bone grafting treatment options!