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Bone Grafting – Southlake, TX

Building Up the Jaw for Implants

It may be more difficult than usual to place dental implants if it has been a while since you lost your teeth. Over time, your jaw will start to degrade, meaning it loses some of its density and may not join with the implant post. To avoid any unnecessary difficulties, Dr. Doctor might recommend a procedure called a bone graft. Call us today to learn more about the surgery and how it could be the key to upgrading your smile.

What is Bone Grafting?

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Bone grafting is a surgery that’s used to repair a bone that has been damaged or has degenerated. It’s essentially used to fill an area where the necessary tissue is missing. The material may come from another bone in your body, but you could also receive it from a donor, or it could be entirely synthetic. In any case, once the new material is accepted by the body, it gives the jaw a framework for new bone cells to grow.

How Does Bone Grafting Work?

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After opening the gums around the affected area, the grafting material is applied. It can take several months after the surgery is performed for the bone to fully grow back; we can move forward with a follow-up procedure once your mouth has completely recovered.

Depending on your situation, Dr. Doctor might use a few different grafting techniques. For example, he can create a “tent” of titanium mesh that supports the gums over the bone graft. The mesh will help maintain the shape of the bone while the new tissue is forming.  

Benefits of Bone Grafting

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Bone grafting can make dental implants a viable option for patients who otherwise wouldn’t be candidates, but that’s not the only benefit of the procedure. By helping your jaw maintain its original form, we can ensure that the surrounding facial muscles continue to receive support so that they don’t collapse and cause you to look older. Furthermore, any remaining teeth will tend to shift as the jaw loses its density, but a bone graft should stop this from occurring.

How to Know if Bone Grafting is Right for You

Additional surgery may or may not be necessary for you to receive dental implants; it mainly depends on how much bone, if any, is currently missing from your jaw. We might also need to rebuild the jaw in order to place another restoration such as a denture. In any case, we’ll need to take an X-ray of the mouth so that we can confirm how much tissue is already present beneath your gums.

The Cost of Bone Grafting

Like many dental procedures, the cost of bone grafting will largely depend on your circumstances; more specifically, the extent of your bone loss and the number of implants you plan to get will need to be considered. Some insurance plans might help pay for the procedure, so check to see if you’re entitled to any benefits; we’re happy to accept all PPO providers.