Bone Grafting Overview
Bone grafting, also known as osseous augmentation, is a complex surgery that is performed to rebuild the bone structure of the jaw. This procedure uses a small amount of a patient's own bone that is harvested from an area like the hips or an artificial bone and transplants it into the jaw. Bone grafting is typically performed when the structure of the jaw bone has become weak or damaged to the extent that it can no longer structurally support dental implants or restorations. This deterioration usually arises from gum disease, tooth loss, an oral injury, and overall poor dental hygiene. At Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo, our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly trained and experienced in performing bone grafting to restore the health and appearance of one's smile. Get in touch with our Pueblo, CO practice today if you or your loved one is in need of quality oral care.
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Best Candidates for Bone Grafting
You may be an ideal candidate for a bone graft if you have sufficient bone loss due to advanced gum disease (periodontitis), significant tooth loss, or an oral injury. Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults as it leads to bacterial infection breaking down the bone and healthy gum tissue that holds the tooth in place. This process destroys the overall integrity and structure of the jaw bone. When bone loss occurs, dental implants and other restorations can not be placed as there is not enough bone support to stabilize them. This is when bone grafting is recommended so that the jaw can be strengthened to withstand dental implants and false teeth for a healthy, radiant smile.
What To Expect with Bone Grafting
Our skilled oral surgeons utilize a variety of techniques to create a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs. Every case is different, which is why we are proud to provide several approaches to meet the diverse needs and concerns of our patients. The method used will depend on the severity of your bone loss and the type of graft that is selected. The most common techniques we use at Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo include:
• Autograft: This graft utilizes bone tissue that is extracted from a patient's own body in areas like the hips or shin.
• Allograft: This approach uses donor tissue or bone that is sourced from another human.
• Xenograft: This innovative technique utilizes bone tissue that has been extracted from an animal, usually a cow.
• Alloplast: This method uses a synthetic bone that is compatible with human bone tissue.
In your treatment planning session, we use iCAT™ 3-D imaging technology to capture detailed images of your jaw structure to determine which graft is appropriate for your condition and how much bone tissue is needed for your restoration. Once we have developed your treatment plan, we will schedule your surgery at your convenience. Bone grafting is performed in a surgically accredited facility under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. We will begin the procedure by numbing the treatment area and making a small incision in the gums to access the jawbone. PIEZOSURGERY® techniques may also be incorporated to safely and effectively perform the grafting procedure without harming the surrounding healthy tissue. Our team will carefully transfer the bone graft and seal the incision. In some cases, dental implants will be placed at this time as well.
Bone Grafting Recovery
Prior to your release, our team will provide you with post-operative care instructions and pain medication to aid in your healing process. As you heal, your newly grafted bone tissue will reach a phase known as osseointegration which ensures the strength and stability of your jaw bone for future dental implants and restorations. This is why it's essential that you follow all post-operative instructions provided by our office. Follow-up appointments will also be scheduled so we can check on your progress and make sure everything is healing properly. If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery or are experiencing any abnormal pain, we invite you to call our office so we can provide you with the prompt care and answers you deserve.
Bone Grafting Insurance Coverage
Bone grafting may be covered by insurance since it is often considered a medically necessary procedure. Our administrative team will contact your provider to confirm and review your specific coverage. We will then estimate your costs and discuss all of your payment options. We want all of our patients to get the care they need, which is why we offer convenient payment plans and accept financing from CareCredit®.
If you or your loved one is in need of a bone graft, we encourage you to call Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo to meet with one of our seasoned oral and maxillofacial surgeons to learn more about this restorative surgery. You deserve to have a gorgeous healthy smile and thanks to bone grafting, we can rebuild your jawbone to revitalize your function and cosmetic. Call our office in Pueblo, CO to schedule a private consultation today. We will be happy to sit down with you to discuss all of your options.