Dental Bone Grafting


Dental bone grafting is a procedure commonly recommended for patients who do not have sufficient jawbone mass to adequately support placement of a dental implant or dental implants, which are commonly used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bone grafting facilitates the development of new bone tissue through the placement of a graft, which can be made of synthetic material or human bone (donor or your own). If the bone graft is successful, the jawbone will eventually have sufficient structural integrity to support a dental implant; however, due to the invasive nature of the procedure and the length of time involved in the process, it is important to be aware that although dental bone grafting has a high success rate, there is a possibility the graft will not be successful. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, be sure to share these with us.

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Benefits Following Dental Bone Grafting

Patients who have a successful dental bone grafting procedure followed by placement of dental implants will benefit in the following ways:

  • Improved structural integrity
  • Improved aesthetic appearance results in increased self-confidence
  • Natural look and feel
  • Reduced risk of tooth decay
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Prevents alteration in appearance of your face or jaw
  • Results are often long lasting or permanent, which means touch-ups will not be required
  • Improved ability and incentive to take good care of your oral health
  • Stops bone loss

Dental Bone Grafting Procedure

An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine if dental bone grafting is the right treatment option for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have.

If it is determined that your jawbone has deteriorated to the point that it cannot support a dental implant and that dental bone grafting is necessary, your follow-up appointment will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Next, the tooth will be extracted (if necessary), or if the tooth has been missing for some time, an incision will be made to the gums to expose the bone, after which the graft will be positioned, growth factors or membranes placed on top, and the area sutured shut. Once the graft has facilitated the growth of a sufficient amount of bone, which can take anywhere from four months to one year, the dental implant can be placed.

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Aftercare Following a Dental Bone Graft

Once the dental bone graft procedure is complete, we will provide post-operative instructions to ensure that you minimize your risk of developing complications and enjoy a fast a recovery time. One of the most important aftercare instructions following dental bone grafting is to not touch the surgical area, and when brushing near the area, doing so gently. It is common to experience sensitivity and swelling following the procedure, but this can typically be managed using ice packs and over the counter pain relieving medication. If you are prescribed pain-relieving medication and/or antibiotics, it is essential to follow the recommended dose until the prescription runs out.

Once the recovery process is complete, you can return to your normal diet and self-care practices, however, taking consistent good care of your oral health will reduce the likelihood of needing similar treatments, especially if this procedure was performed because of improper or insufficient self-care. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum), remembering to brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth.

Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health and preserving the integrity of your implants. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every six months (or more if necessary) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will maximize the likelihood of your dental bone graft being successful and increase the longevity of your implants.

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Cost of Dental Bone Grafting

The cost of having a dental bone graft is contingent on numerous factors, including additional procedures being performed along with your dental bone graft, whether and what type of dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan allowances. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.

Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods and/or a payment arrangement made in advance with our office.

For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

Schedule Your Appointment

At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, your oral health is our number one goal. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive periodontal support you need to continue enjoying a bright, healthy smile. To learn more or schedule an appointment for dental bone grafting, contact our office at (702) 270-4600. We look forward to providing you with quality care tailored to your unique needs!