Combatting Bone Loss
If you’ve had teeth extracted or you’re missing one or more teeth, you’ve likely suffered bone loss. To maintain its strength and structure, your jawbone requires proper stimulation from the roots of your teeth. When those teeth are missing, your jawbone will lose its shape and begin to deteriorate.
Living with missing teeth for an extended period will cause bone resorption, which can result in an altered facial shape, premature wrinkling, and saggy cheeks. It can also make you appear older than you are and affect your eating and speaking abilities.
Fortunately, our Triad dentists offer bone grafting to help restore your jawbone density before receiving dental implants.
What Is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a piece of healthy bone from your body that’s used to regenerate the lost bone in your jaw. Over time, the bone graft will naturally bond with your jawbone and provide a stable and secure base for dental implant restoration.
Causes of Bone Loss
Certain events can cause patients to go through bone loss, including:
- Missing teeth
- Genetics or developmental effects
- Periodontal disease
- Trauma to the jaw
Bone Grafts for Dental Implants
Before restoring your smile with dental implants, Dr. Macdonald or one of our other Triad dentists will perform a full mouth examination to determine if you’re a good candidate. If you’ve suffered from bone loss and don’t have an adequate amount of jawbone density to secure an implant, we may recommend a bone grafting procedure.
If you’re ready to replace missing teeth, call our Archdale dental office today to schedule your initial consultation.
Before we begin the procedure, we’ll provide you with a dental sedation option that’s best suited for you. This ensures a painless and comfortable procedure. We’ll discuss your sedation options at your initial appointment.
One of our four Triad dentists will start by making a small incision in your gums, shape and place the bone graft in your jawbone, and then safely close up the exposed area. Before placing your dental implant, or other restoration, you’ll need to heal — which will take about four months.
During the months of healing, the bone graft will attach to your jawbone and create new, strong bone that will successfully support your dental implant. Once you’ve fully recovered, you’ll return to Triad Cosmetic Dentistry to begin your restoration placement. Before you know it, you’ll be leaving our office with a beautiful smile that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth.
Following your procedure, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. This is normal and should subside within three to four days. In addition to following any care instructions provided by your Triad dentist, you’ll also want to:
- Avoid touching the area
- Take extra precautions when performing your oral care routine
- Rinse with warm salt water
- Follow diet guidelines
- Refrain from strenuous activities for two to three days
- Remember to take antibiotics as prescribed
Frequently Asked Questions
There are five different types of bone grafts:
- Autografts — this uses bone tissues from the patient’s body. Typically, the tissue is taken from the chin, shin, or hip.
- Allografts — this comes from a human donor, usually cadaver bone.
- Xenografts — these use the inorganic portions of animals’ bones, and cows are a common source.
- Alloplasts — these are created by hydroxyapatite, a naturally occurring mineral in bone.
- Ceramic-Based — made from ceramics alone or in combination with another material such as calcium.
After your surgery, make sure to wait until the numbness wears off to eat. For the first days following your surgery, your diet should consist of soft cool foods such as yogurt, ice cream, protein shakes, and Jell-O. Make sure to chew away from the grafting site and avoid hard and crunchy foods.
You may be dehydrated after your surgery so make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids as well as avoiding using straws. After a few days, you can incorporate solid foods into your diet.
The cost of your bone grafting procedure will depend on your unique situation. Whether or not your insurance provider will cover a portion of the expenses will depend on your plan. We recommend contacting your provider for a more detailed explanation of your coverage. For your convenience, we also offer financing options.
Contact Our Triad Dental Team Today!
If you’re ready to restore your smile and revitalize your entire facial appearance, then bone grafting may be right for you. Our Triad Dental team will always work with you to ensure you receive a customized treatment that meets your needs. To learn more, call our Archdale office at (336) 434-3186, or simply fill out our online contact form. Triad Cosmetic Dentistry proudly serves the surrounding Archdale communities, including Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem.