You have recently visited your dentist, and are in need to get a tooth extracted. All of a sudden, your dentist tells you that you need a bone graft after your procedure. Most patients don’t know what a bone graft even is, on top of the exorbitant amount of money that they cost. What exactly is a bone graft? How much should it cost you after your tooth removal treatment? Is it even necessary? In this article we will address these questions, and tell you why it may benefit you to get a bone graft after all.
What is a bone graft?
A dental bone grafting procedure involves the addition of artificial bone into the socket in which the tooth was removed. This artificial bone is normally harvested from cadavers, and they are FDA approved. Most bone grafting materials are a mix of cortical bone and cancellous bone that help stimulate bone formation in the area of the extraction (a process where the graft stimulates your own body to produce more bone is called osteoconduction).
Is a bone graft necessary after a tooth extraction?
A bone graft is NOT necessary after a tooth extraction procedure, but it can help you get your missing tooth replaced. Your dentist may recommend a dental implant if you are needing a tooth removed, especially if it’s one of the front teeth which can lead to cosmetic concern for patients after the extraction procedure. A dental implant requires a good amount of bone tissue to fuse with, and without a bone graft, the amount of bone needed for the fusion process may not be enough.
How long does it take to recover from a dental bone graft?
Once your tooth is extracted and the bone graft is placed, most dentist will recommend that you heal for about 4-5 months prior to your dental implant placement. Most bone grafting procedures will heal completely within 6 months.
How long does the pain last after a tooth extraction and a bone graft?
The pain lasts around two weeks. This is when the majority of the healing occurs. The pain may some times linger for 3 weeks, but this is rare. If your pain goes beyond the three week period, check with your dentist to see if any complications are going on.
How much is a bone graft for one tooth?
The average cost of a dental bone graft for a single tooth is $750. This price may vary due to the amount of grafting needed, your treating dentist, and if dental insurance helps cover a portion of your costs.
Is there anyway I can speed up the bone grafting healing process?
Unfortunately, there is not a way to speed up the healing process. The body requires a few months for the bone to completely form for preparation of dental implant placement.
It may not be necessary to get a bone graft after your tooth is removed, but keep in mind that implants require a grafting prior to their placement. If you want a fixed tooth replacement option with a dental implant after your tooth is extracted, a bone graft may be a necessity.