Tooth loss, facial trauma, and congenital issues may result in jawbone recession or a lack of sufficient bone density in the jaw.
If you would like to get dental implants, the team at Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can place a bone graft to build up the jaw.
Learn how a visit to our offices in Orem or Saratoga Springs, UT, can prepare you for the implant procedure...
About Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that increases the amount of hard tissue in the jaw. Using a graft, an oral surgeon can replace missing bone or simply build up an area to strengthen it.
Bone grafting can help alleviate issues affecting the teeth and gums, and also prepares patients to receive a dental implant at a later date.
What Are Bone Grafts Made Of? We Use Two Types of Bone Grafts
Autografts from the Patient
An autograft consists of bone taken from a different part of the patient's own body. The autograft is usually harvested from the hipbone or another part of the jawbone. Autografts are a good option since there is a low risk of tissue rejection after surgery.
Allografts from a Donor
Allografts consist of bone tissue from a donor. In many cases, the allograft is taken from a cadaver whose bone tissue has been stored in a bone bank. Rest assured that the allograft is sterile and can be safely placed without risking your health.
Reasons for Bone Grafting
Bone Loss Resulting from Tooth LossIf you are missing a tooth or several teeth, the jawbone will recede because there is no root structure to support. The only way to restore this lost bone density is a grafting procedure.
Accidents and TraumaInjuries to the mouth and face can affect the integrity of your jawbone as well as your appearance. Bone grafts can repair fractured bone structure and aid with the healing and recovery process.
Congenital Issues with the JawIssues from birth may lead to problems with the structure of your jawbone. A graft procedure can build more density along the jawbone, improving the shape of the jawline and your implant candidacy.
Does Bone Grafting Hurt?
Though the surgery may sound painful, our oral surgeons, Christopher Burton and Jared Rasmussen, have many methods of reducing discomfort during and after the procedure. In addition to detailed pain management instructions, our team can prescribe pain relievers to manage discomfort as you heal.
Do You Need Bone Graft Surgery? Contact Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Are you interested in dental implants but lack the necessary bone structure? Our board-certified surgeons can help. Drs. Burton and Rasmussen have more than 25 years of combined surgical experience, and can ensure you receive the ideal bone graft for your needs.
Our surgeons will help you before, during, and after surgery so you can recover quickly and free from complications. We provide a patient packet with pre-op and post-op information that will help you manage surgical side effects.
If you live around Orem or Saratoga Springs, UT, and would like more information about bone grafts, contact our practice online. You can also call Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to request an appointment.
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How Much Does Bone Grafting Cost?
The cost of bone grafting varies from patient to patient based on their needs and insurance coverage. During the consultation process at our offices in Orem and Saratoga Springs, we can discuss pricing and go over financing options that can make surgery more affordable.
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Bone Grafting and Dental Implants
Providing Stability for Your Implants
Bone grafting will add extra tissue density, allowing those who've experienced bone loss to finally be eligible for dental implants. Without the procedure, there is an increased risk of implant failure.
Looking at the Big Picture
Keep in mind that the bone grafting procedure requires several months for a full recovery. After the grafts have fused with the bone, dental implants can be placed.
Implants Are Worth the Wait
Even though grafting adds months to the treatment process, many people find the long-term benefits to their dental health and general wellness justify the wait.
How Long Does Healing Take?
For most bone grafting surgeries, the graft fuses with the jawbone in about three to six months. For sinus lift surgeries, the recovery time can take between six to nine months. We can discuss your treatment timeline during a consultation.
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Grafts and Tooth Extraction
If you have a tooth that requires extraction, we can usually place a graft on the same day as the extraction. This will help prevent bone loss in the area and ensure the jaw will be ready for implant placement or any other dental surgeries later on.