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Bone Graft Houston, TX

If you are looking for top quality bone graft procedures in the greater Houston, TX area look no further than our team at Best Dental. Bone Grafting is one of our specialties here at Best Dental. With almost two decades of experience, Dr. Jasmine and her team are bone grafting experts. Whether it’s a graft for dental implants, ridge preservation, or to help better support your dentures, bone grafting is a wonderful option to help you chew your food better.

Bone Grafting For Dental Implants

Even people who have scrupulous dental hygiene and well maintained oral health can lose a tooth for many different reasons. Problems such as periodontal disease or infection can cause tooth loss. Teeth can also be lost due to an injury, such as injury after a fall or a heavy impact to the jaw. If a tooth has been lost in such a way, the best solution is usually a dental implant. Dental implants are a safe long-term solution for a lost tooth, that helps to restore your smile and prevent further teeth being lost.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jaw in order to hold in place a bridge or a replacement tooth. The implant, when fitted, will feel and look like the real thing, so nobody but you has to know that you’ve had the implant fitted. A good implant can even help to save other teeth if they have been damaged as well from injury or infection, as the implant doesn’t rely on the surrounding teeth for support. This means less pressure is being put on teeth that have been damaged too, helping to preserve them. Bone grafting is usually needed prior to inserting a dental implant, as the bone in the jaw is usually damaged too from tooth loss, causing bone deterioration.  

Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is performed in several stages, with time for healing after each stage has been completed. First, the damaged tooth must be removed completely if any part of it still remains attached. Next, the jawbone is prepared for the implant. If bone grafting is needed, this will be part of this next stage. Bone grafting means replacing and regenerating any lost bone that has been impacted by whatever caused the lost tooth. It can be used to restore the proper face shape if the facial contour has been affected by the injury that caused teeth to be lost. Bone loss can occur if teeth have been lost due to rot, decay, trauma or injury. The bone graft gives the dental implant a solid base to be fitted onto, if bone deterioration has taken place. A deteriorated jaw bone will not be able to offer a proper base for an implant, meaning the implant will be harder to place and may not last very long if one is fitted. 

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What Is Bone Grafting?

The bone grafting procedure involves removing a small piece of bone from elsewhere on the body, usually from in the jaw. This bone piece is then transplanted into the part of the jaw that has experienced the bone loss. 

Bone could also be sourced from a cadaver source or even an animal source. The advantage of doing this rather than removing bone from elsewhere in the body is that as the patient, you don’t have a second surgery site. Two surgery sites means two healing periods, when you’re already coping with an uncomfortable healing process. This option is just as effective as using your own bone, and has no negative impact on the success of the dental implant. 

Once the bone grafting process is complete, healing can take several months as the transplanted bone needs some time to grow new bone in order to support the placement of the dental implant. After this healing stage, work on the implant can be started, which also takes several stages. 

First, a titanium dental implant post is placed into the jawbone, which will also need some months to heal. Next, an extension of this metal post is fitted, followed by another healing period. When the soft tissue around the post has properly healed, molds can be taken of the jawbone and the teeth, ready for the final fitting of the new tooth. After this, you have one final healing period, and your new smile is ready to be unveiled.  

What is Block Bone Grafting?

A block bone graft is when a portion of your osseous tissue (or bone) is harvested from one place in your and transferred to another location in your body. This is usually seen in dentistry when an area that needs a dental implant is unable to due to a significant lack of bone tissue. The necessary bone tissue is grafted from a certain area inside if your mouth or your hip (hip graft), and it is transferred to the area that will receive the dental implant. After the block bone graft is placed, a dental implant may or may not be placed at the same time. Usually, the block bone graft is help in place with unique dental screws that are removed once the grafting healing process is completed.

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What Is The Cost of Bone Grafting in Houston, TX?

The average cost of dental bone grafting in Houston, TX is $750. This is for a single tooth bone graft. Price may vary depending on how many teeth you are needing bone grafting for, the extent of the bone graft, and how complex your procedure may be. At Best Dental, our bone grafting for a single tooth is $500. We use top of the line bone grafting material that is made right here in the United States. We want to make sure the grafting you need is fair in price as well as high quality material that your body deserves.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Bone Grafting?

Most dental insurances do not cover bone grafting procedures. Fortunately, at Best Dental we offer a Dental Savings Plan that can help you save money on your dental bone grafting procedure. We also provide payment plan options for those in need. We work with third part companies like Care Credit and Lending club who have helped out our family of patients tremendously.

Bone Graft After Care

Bone grafting is a very time consuming surgical process with a long healing time needed, but they can be an essential part of the dental implant process. After the  grafting surgery has been finished, it’s normal to feel a certain amount of discomfort as you heal. The gums or the skin around the surgery site may swell, or you may experience some bruising or minor bleeding. These side effects are common, and tend to fade quickly. If you are experiencing more discomfort than seems normal, your dentist can advise on the best way to ease any pain and help encourage faster healing. 

After both the bone graft and the dental implant, you may also have to restrict your diet somewhat to allow your mouth to heal properly. As you heal after each stage of the bone grafting and implant procedure, you may be advised to stick to soft foods to help limit your discomfort. Chewing might be uncomfortable if you have bruising, and soft foods will be less painful. 

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Safe Surgery

Both bone grafting and fitting a dental implant are major surgeries, so it’s important to make sure that this work is only done by a properly certified expert who is used to performing surgeries like this and other periodontology. It might be tempting to use just any dentist, especially if you feel comfortable with them, or if you’re worried about the cost of such an extensive procedure. However, this could be a real risk, and end up costing you more money in the long run. 

Both implants and bone grafting are complex procedures with a lot of stages. A specialist who is skilled and experienced in this area will be able to perform the procedures safely, meaning you won’t have to pay to have poor work corrected. An expert can help you to have a less uncomfortable recovery period too, meaning your healing time will be easier. 

It’s worth spending the money and investing the time to find the right expert in order to finish the process with healthy teeth and a winning smile that has been restored in the right way. 

Some Frequently Asked Questions About Bone Grafting

Are bone grafts painful?

They are not painful at all. After your dentist or surgeon numbs you with a local anesthetic you should not feel any pain at all. The recovery process may be painful due to inflammation and swelling for a few days. Your clinician will provide you with medications that will help accelerate your healing process.

How long does it take to recover from a bone graft?

Most bone grafting procedures will take between 6-8 weeks to fully recover from. If the bone grafting was placed to add more bone for a dental implant, your implant will be placed 4-6 months after your procedure to allow for concentrated bone tissue to form in that area. Placing a dental implant too soon after your bone graft may lead to implant failure.

Can your body reject a bone graft?

Yes it can. Not all bone grafting procedures end up being successful, so make sure you speak of the risks and downsides of the procedure with your dentist prior to your treatment.

Do you need to be sedated for your bone grafting procedure?

This depends on your level of anxiety. Most single tooth bone grafts are performed under local anesthesia, but more complicated grafting procedures will need to be performed under IV Sedation. Discuss your options with your surgery team and see if sleep dentistry is right for you.

What is a bone graft made of?

Bone graft is composed of a corticocancellous allograft (dead human bone) that is FDA approved. Sometimes your surgeon will mix this bone with your own bone as well (known as an auto-graft) to help stimulate more bone in the area. These grafts take around 4-6 months for them to completely heal before a dental implant can be placed.

Can you drink coffee after a bone graft?

We advise all of our patients to avoid acidic and carbonated beverages for one week. This includes coffee, which is acidic in nature.

What things should I avoid after a bone grafting procedure?

Much like a tooth extraction, you should place certain limitations on yourself until the site has had a chance to properly heal. Some things to avoid include:

  • Avoid spicy foods for a week
  • Avoid heavy lifting (including weights) for a period of two weeks
  • Make sure you do not drink through a straw to potentially dislodge the bone graft for 1 week
  • Avoid carbonated and acidic beverages like coffee for a week
  • Avoid alcohol, and all alcohol based mouth-rinses for a period of two weeks

What are the signs of a failed bone graft?

Bone graft failure can be quite common in dentistry. Some of the major signs of failure include infection in the area, and dislodging of the graft. Even if the graft stabilizes, it may erode away over the course of a few months preventing the formation of bone needed for dental implant insertion.