Your jawbone's strength is important to your total oral health. With a weakened jawbone from physical trauma or missing teeth, you may need to get bone grafting so your jaw can properly fit both dental implants and your natural teeth. Bone grafting helps to reinforce and build up your jawbone so it is stable enough to hold an implant. At SEDA Dental, osseous surgery is performed to strengthen your jawbone before implant surgery to replace missing or weak teeth. Schedule an appointment with skilled dentist Dr. Mauricio Antezana at our office in Boca Raton, FL to receive more information on surgical bone grafts.
A weakened jawbone may be caused by some oral diseases, like gingivitis, or if you had a physical trauma to your mouth. The jawbone may begin to atrophy if you were missing a tooth (or teeth), and it was not treated/was replaced with a removable or cemented restoration instead of a dental implant. A bone graft builds up the jaw and prepares you for a dental implant; however, you will have to be willing to commit time to the process. Bone grafting may need several months to heal, but you will get a stronger, healthier jawbone that will support your dental implant and your natural teeth to give you a healthier mouth.
What To Expect
The exact process of bone grafting surgery will depend on the graft source and the amount of grafting being done. Your bone graft may be taken from your own body from areas, like your hip, chin, or shin, which is called an autograft. An autograft may be performed in our office using sedation and local anesthesia, or at a surgical facility using general anesthesia. Additional graft methods include an allograft, which harvests bone from another human. A xenograft is a bone graft from an animal, usually a cow. A synthetic bone graft may also be used, known as an alloplast. At your consultative appointment, Dr. Antezana will go over your options for bone grafts and help you select the best method.
Once your graft is ready, Dr. Antezana will prepare the areas being treated and place an incision through the gum tissue to reveal the bone. Your bone graft will be affixed to your jawbone with proteins and collagen that stimulate growth in the graft. The incision will be closed with sutures and the mouth will be cleaned.
In the following six or more months, the graft should heal into your jaw, a process known as osseointegration. Within this timeframe, it is critical to follow a proper oral care routine with flossing and brushing, plus any additional products suggested by Dr. Antezana. He may write a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics for any inflammation or discomfort after your graft. You may need to make follow-up appointments at SEDA Dental for progress checks and to decide when you are ready for the dental implant process.
Our office can talk to your insurance company to understand your benefits and personal costs, although if it is medically necessary, part of your costs for the surgery is typically covered. At your consultative appointment with Dr. Antezana, he may be able to estimate your costs with or without dental insurance and explain payments we accept, including low-interest medical financing.
Help rebuild your jaw so it can hold both dental implants and your natural teeth with bone graft surgery at SEDA Dental. In your meeting with Dr. Antezana, you can receive more information about your options for graft material and get a unique plan for treatment that gives you a stronger jawbone. Contact us in Boca Raton, FL to make your appointment.