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Bone Grafting in Prescott

Bone grafting is a procedure that strengthens the jawbone. It is most commonly used when preparing for implants or other restorative procedures. If you have any questions or think you may need a bone graft, give our office a call at (928) 641-4000.

Bone Grafting: Process and Applications

What is Bone Grafting?

The bone grafting procedure is when the doctor places bone tissue to repair and rebuild the damaged bones in the jaw. This is common after tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma.

Types of Bone Grafts

  1. Autografts- This bone comes from the patient’s own body. This would come from your hip or chin.
  2. Allografts- This bone graft comes from a human donor. This is processed to make sure that it is safe and compatible for the recipient.
  3. Xenografts- this bone graft comes from an animal, usually bovine.
  4. Synthetic grafts- this bone graft is created from bone-like materials.

The Procedure

  1. Assessment- First, the oral surgeon will go through an exam and take a look at the area. The team will be taking a series of X-rays and possibly CT scans to determine how much bone has been lost and plan for the procedure.
  2. Surgical process- The surgery will include placing the bone graft material in the area. The graft will be able to help promote bone growth in the area.
  3. Healing and integration- The graft will fuse to the existing bone during this process, it can take several months for complete healing.

Applications in Dentistry

  1. Dental implants- Before the dental implant procedure, the bone graft is placed to make sure that the bone is strong enough to support the placement of an implant.
  2. Periodontal disease treatment- In cases where patients have severe gum disease, the bone graft procedure can help regenerate the lost bone and help support the teeth.
  3. Ridge Augmentation- This is used to restore the natural flow of the gums and jaw after a tooth is extracted.

Common Myths

Myth: Bone grafting is an extremely painful procedure.
Fact: The procedure is done with anesthesia so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Most patients are able to take care of the post-operative pain with over-the-counter medication.

Myth: Bone grafts are prone to rejection.
Fact: For the bone graft procedure, it is unlikely that rejection will occur. The oral surgeon will make sure that the bone is compatible and that the integration is successful.

Myth: Bone grafting is only necessary for elderly patients.
Fact: The procedure is beneficial for patients of all ages. It is ideal for patients who are considering dental implants or are facing bone loss.

Bone grafting is a great option for restorative dentistry. With this, patients are able to regain the function and appearance of their smile. If you are thinking of getting implants or have some bone loss, give our office a call today to schedule an appointment at (928) 641-4000.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bone grafting is a procedure used to rebuild or repair bones by transplanting bone tissue. This is done for patients who don’t have enough natural bone in their jaw to support dental implants. This lack of bone can be due to gum disease, tooth loss, injury, or birth defects. A bone graft will help create a stronger structure for a dental implant.

There are many different types of bone grafts. These would include Autografts, Allografts, Xenografts, and synthetic materials. The oral surgeon will be sure to go over which option would be best for your specific treatment plan.

In the bone graft procedure, the oral surgeon will cut your gum to expose the bone. Then, they add the bone graft to your existing bone and close the incision with stitches. The bone graft will fuse to the natural bone over time.

Because the procedure is performed under anesthesia, the procedure is not painful. However, it is common to experience some discomfort after the procedure is completed and the anesthetic has worn off. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

The recovery time will depend on the specific treatment plan and as each patient is different. Usually, the healing process takes several months in order for the bone graft to fully fuse to the natural bone. The oral surgeon will be sure to go over the specifics of your recovery.

Just like any other surgery, the bone graft procedure has risks, such as infection, swelling, and discomfort at the graft site. There’s also a small risk that the graft may not fully fuse with your existing bone. However, complications are rare when done by our experienced oral surgeon.

Bone grafting has a high success rate. However, the success of the bone graft will depend on the patient’s after-surgery care, the overall health, and the type of graft used.

It is common to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the area. The symptoms are usually managed by over-the-counter pain medications and should subside within a few days. Be sure to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

This will depend on each patient’s specific treatment plan and healing process. Usually, the implant will be placed 3 to 6 months after the bone graft procedure is complete and successful.

This will depend on what type of insurance provider and what plan you have. Our insurance team will do our best to help you understand your benefits. However, it’s best to check with your insurance provider for specific plan details and coverage.

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919 12th Place Suite 7

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 641-4000

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