Bone grafts are sometimes needed to replace lost or damaged bone tissue in the jaw and can help support the placement of dental implants. If your oral surgeon has recommended that you have a bone graft before your implant placement, you probably have some questions!

Here are 14 of the most frequently asked questions about dental bone grafts. We hope this blog will help you understand the procedure and feel confident about moving forward with your implant treatment: 

1. What Is a Dental Bone Graft?

A dental bone graft is a procedure that replaces missing or damaged bone in the jaw and can help support dental implants .   A sufficient amount of healthy bone is required because the implant replaces the tooth root and is placed into the jaw bone. During the procedure, healthy bone from another part of the body or a donor source is transplanted into the jaw.   

2. Who Needs a Dental Bone Graft?

Anyone with missing or damaged bone in their jaw may need a dental bone graft, especially if they are considering dental implant surgery. To support a dental implant, the jaw bone must be strong enough to hold it, and a bone graft can help create the necessary foundation. There are several reasons someone may be missing or have damaged bone in their jaw, including gum disease, physical trauma, and congenital defect.

3. Do I Need a Bone Graft After a Tooth Extraction?

A bone graft may sometimes be required after a tooth extraction. This is especially true if the individual has suffered from periodontal disease or trauma, which can lead to bone loss. Bone grafting helps to prepare the jawbone for future dental implant placement and restoration. Without enough healthy bone, it will be difficult to place the implant and ensure proper healing. Additionally, the bone graft can help replace the natural shape and size of the jaw bone, which is important for a successful implant restoration.

4. How Will I Know if I Need a Dental Bone Graft?

Your dentist will be able to diagnose bone loss and determine if a bone graft is necessary. During an initial exam, your oral surgeon will likely take x-rays of your jaw to assess the condition of the bone. If there is an insufficient amount or quality of bone in your jaw, they will recommend a dental bone graft.

5. Are There Any Risks Associated With Dental Bone Grafts?

Like any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with dental bone grafts. These include infection, nerve damage and lack of graft properly healing.  Your oral surgeon will discuss all the potential risks in detail before you undergo the procedure.

6. What Type of Anesthesia Is Used During the Procedure?

The type of anesthesia used during a dental bone graft will depend on the extent of the procedure. Generally, local anesthetic is used to numb the area that is receiving the graft as well as any surrounding areas. At Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, we offer oral sedation, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. The type of sedation used will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

7. How Long Does a Dental Bone Graft Take To Heal?

The amount of time it takes to heal from a dental bone graft will depend on the type of bone graft used and the extent of the procedure. Generally, healing times range from three to six months, depending on the complexity of the graft. During this time, you must follow your oral surgeon’s post-surgical instructions to avoid any complications and ensure a successful recovery.

8. Is It Possible To Do the Procedure Without General Anesthesia?

Yes, it is possible to do a dental bone graft without general anesthesia. Depending on the complexity of the procedure and your comfort level, local anesthetic or oral sedation may be used in place of general anesthesia.

9. How Long Does a Dental Bone Graft Last?

A dental bone graft is designed to last indefinitely, as long as it is supported by a tooth or dental implant.   It is important to practice good dental hygiene and have regular check-ups with your dentist or oral surgeon to ensure that the graft remains healthy.

10. How Much Does a Dental Bone Graft Cost?

The cost of a dental bone graft will depend on the complexity of the procedure, the type of materials used, and your geographic location. Generally, you can expect the cost to range between $800 and $2500

11. What Is the Success Rate for a Dental Bone Graft?

The success rate for dental bone grafts is very high. Studies have indicated that the overall success rate of dental bone grafts is around 97%.

12. Can I Eat After Having a Dental Bone Graft?

Yes, you can eat after a dental bone graft. However, it is important to stick to soft foods and avoid anything overly chewy or crunchy as this could damage the newly grafted area. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide specific instructions for your diet following the procedure. Additionally, you should always make sure to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly. This will help ensure that your newly grafted area continues to stay healthy.

13. What Should I Expect During My Recovery?

During the recovery process, you may experience some swelling around the area of the graft as well as some mild discomfort. Over-the counter medications can be used to help manage any pain or discomfort. It is important to avoid any activities that could put undue stress on the grafted area, such as heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. It is also important that you return for any follow-up appointments with your dentist or oral surgeon in order to ensure that the new bone has integrated successfully into the surrounding tissue.

14. Are There Alternatives to Dental Bone Grafts?

In some cases, there are alternatives to traditional dental bone grafts. Some surgeons  may recommend a procedure called ridge augmentation, which involves reshaping the jawbone with synthetic materials such as hydroxyapatite or bovine-derived collagen. Additionally, guided tissue regeneration is another potential alternative that may be recommended in certain situations. Each procedure will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the most suitable option for you.

Oral Surgeon Deer Park

At Oral Facial & Implant Specialist, we believe that every patient should be educated on their dental health options so they can make an informed decision. Our highly trained and experienced team will work with you to determine the best course of treatment that is tailored to meet your individual needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions or would like more information about the bone grafting procedure. We look forward to assisting you in achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.

If you are looking for the best oral surgeon in Deer Park and Barrington or an oral surgeon near me, call us at (847) 381-0106 or complete the online booking form for a free consultation.

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