Improved Oral Health & Implant Success
Losing adult teeth is common, with over 178 million Americans having lost at least one permanent tooth. However, it’s highly recommended that patients who have experienced tooth loss replace these teeth with dental implants as soon as possible or risk loss of jawbone density or resorption. Resorption takes place after tooth loss because there’s no tooth root or implant post to stimulate the jawbone when biting takes place, so the jawbone begins to degrade.
The longer your jaw goes unstimulated, the worse the resorption, which can lead to health issues and make it harder to replace your missing teeth with implants. Fortunately, at JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center, our Sterling dentists Drs. Joyce Bahng and Donna Chang, can address and even reverse the process of resorption with dental bone grafting.
What Is Dental Bone Grafting?
Dental bone grafting is a supplemental procedure involving surgically transplanting bone matter into your jawbone. This replaces the lost bone matter and helps stimulate the regeneration of bone density into the future. Dental bone grafting also refers to processes such as ridge modification and sinus augmentation.
Benefits of dental bone grafting include:
- Better Oral Health – Loss of jawbone density can lead to numerous oral health issues such as misalignment, further tooth loss, and gum disease. Bone grafting can help prevent these issues and more.
- Increased Appearance – Dental bone grafting can help correct jawbone deformities and facial sagging caused by loss of jawbone density.
- Improved Chance of Implant Success – Dental implants need adequate jawbone density to serve as the foundation for the titanium posts. Dental bone grafting helps reinforce and regenerate your jawbone, providing the sturdy foundation dental implants require.
Types of Dental Bone Grafting
Types of dental bone grafting available include:
- Allograft – Allografting involves using donated bone from another human.
- Autogenous Grafting – Autogenous grafting involves using bone material taken from another part of your body, either from an intra-oral or extra-oral site.
- Alloplastic Grafting – Alloplastic grafting involves using bone materials exclusively derived from synthetic sources.
- Xenografts – Xenografting uses bone derived from the inorganic portion of animal bone.
The Dental Bone Grafting Process
Before either of our Sterling dentists approve you for a bone graft procedure, they’ll have you attend an initial consultation. During your consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough dental exam, take images and X-rays using advanced dental technology, and review your medical history to determine your current level of oral health.
Additionally, they’ll ask you about your oral health goals to learn what you’re hoping to gain from your treatment. Once we determine you can receive a bone graft procedure, we’ll craft up your customized treatment plan. Your Sterling dentist can also offer sedation dentistry options to help the process go more smoothly if you struggle with dental anxiety.
Once your dentist has approved you for dental bone grafting, they’ll apply a local anesthetic to the future surgical site. From there, they’ll make sure the anesthetic is working properly before proceeding to make small incisions into your gums where the transplanted bone will go. They’ll also clean and disinfect the area to help promote healing and prevent complications.
Dental Bone Grafting
Your dentist will pack the bone material into the areas where it’s lacking. Once the bone has been transplanted, they’ll likely apply a surgical membrane, a type of thin, collagen sponge that acts as a bandage, to protect the graft. From there, they’ll sew your gums shut with sutures and you’ll begin the healing process.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does dental bone grafting cost?
The exact cost of your bone grafting procedure will depend on multiple factors including the extent of the resorption, the type of bone grafting you undergo, and your insurance coverage. Our Sterling dentists and staff encourage you to contact your insurance provider beforehand to ask them which costs they can cover. If you need help covering the cost of your graft, we’re happy to help by providing flexible financing options and special offers, including an in-house savings plan.
What are the signs of a failed dental bone graft?
Signs of failed dental bone grafting may include:
- No signs of improvement in jawbone density
- Surgical membrane falling off early
- Gum recession
- Pain or discomfort
If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center at our Sterling, VA dental office by dialing 703-444-4188 as soon as possible. Our dentists will diagnose and treat any issues and determine how to move forward with your treatment if possible.
What is the success rate of dental bone grafts?
When performed by professionals like the ones found at our Sterling, VA dental office, bone grafting enjoys a high success rate, usually averaging around 90 percent. The success of your dental graft will also largely depend on how well you care for your teeth and gums after your procedure, as well as keeping up with your dental exams. Be sure to follow any aftercare instructions given to you by your dentist.
Is dental bone grafting painful?
Rest assured that your comfort and safety come first. Your dentist will use an anesthetic to numb you beforehand and we can also offer sedation dentistry to help combat issues such as dental anxiety and resistance to anesthesia. To learn more about how we can help ensure your comfort during your bone grafting procedure, contact our Sterling dental office by dialing 703-444-4188.
Dental Bone Grafting: Implant Success and A Healthier Smile
Thanks to dental bone grafting, you don’t have to deal with the painful, unattractive, and often debilitating effects of jawbone loss. This revolutionary technique allows our dentists to improve the health of your jawbone to the benefit of your health and your smile. The skilled dental professionals at JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center offer dental bone grafting to patients in Sterling and surrounding areas such as Arlington, Fairfax, and Rockville, VA.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of bone grafts, contact our dental office by dialing 703-444-4188. You can also request an appointment by filling out the contact form in the upper-right corner of the page and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly.