Have you experienced bone loss in your jaw because of damaged or missing teeth? Are you ready to restore your bright smile and Oral Health? Congratulations! You have found the Dental Bone Grafting experts! With years of knowledge and experience, Dr. Mohamad Albik has helped many patients just like you keep or restore their beautiful smiles with bone grafting treatment. This type of treatment helps patients retain their natural teeth or replace the missing teeth with bone grafting and dental implants.
Bone grafting treatment can be easily and efficiently done right in our comfortable El Dorado Hills Dental Office by Dr. Albik. When you are ready, please contact our friendly office for a free consultation. Continue reading on this page to learn more about what Bone Grafting is, what it is used for, the types of grafting materials available, the costs of bone grafting treatment, the procedures and healing times.
What is Dental Bone Grafting?
Bone Grafting is a dental treatment that allows your dentist to replace bone in your jaw that support teeth. When tooth loss or periodontal disease causes the supporting bone to melt away or “resorb,” there can be harmful effects to your oral health. Luckily, thanks to advancements in dental technology, bone that has been lost can be built up and restored with modern bone grafting techniques.
The bone grafting material, which can be made from bone from your own body, a donor, or synthetic material, is placed in the around the area that has experienced the bone loss. As the area heals around the bone graft, your body uses it as a scaffold with it builds new bone.
Reasons Why You Would Need Bone Grafting
Bone grafting can help prepare your jawbone for the placement of a dental implant or help keep existing natural teeth. In cases of periodontal disease or when an adult tooth is lost or extracted, the bone that supported the tooth can diminish. The result can cause surrounding teeth to shift and become damaged. In cases of severe bone loss, facial feature can begin to sag and create an aged appearance. Bone grafting treatments can help avoid these effects.
There are three common reason why your dentist may recommend bone grafting treatment.
Saving Natural Teeth
Periodontal Disease (also referred to as gum disease) can cause loss of tooth supporting bone. When this happens, the tooth or teeth can become loose and risk being lost. In this situation, Dr. Albik can use a bone graft to build up the supporting bone around the natural tooth to help keep them in place.
When a tooth is badly damaged or decayed, the best treatment option may be to remove the tooth and replace it with a Dental Implant. The implant is a small metal post that replaces the tooth’s root in the jawbone. Depending on the situation, there may not be enough existing bone structure remaining to support the implant. In these cases, Dr. Albik will use a bone graft to regenerate enough bone for a successful implant surgery.
Dental Tooth Extractions
In some situations when a tooth has been badly damaged or decayed, Dr. Albik may recommend a Dental Tooth Extraction. If replacing the natural tooth with a dental implant is not an immediate option, Dr. Albik may place a bone graft into the tooth’s socket. Doing this helps keep the jawbone strong and healthy so a dental implant can be placed later.
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“I had a molar removed when I was younger and could not replace the missing tooth right away. After years of ignoring it, Dr. Albik told me I would need a bone graft for dental implant treatment. At first, I was nervous, but Dr. Albik explained the whole bone graft and implant procedure and made me feel relieved. My tooth replacement looks just like my natural teeth and feels great!”
– Robert J. Folsom, CA
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
There are four types of bone grafts which differ depending on the type of material used. Depending on the area of the jaw the graft is being used for, your dentist may recommend a specific type to ensure the best outcome.
This graft material is created using bone sourced from your hip bone or the back of the jaw. When the cosmetic appearance is a key concern, an Autograft is the optimal choice.
An Allograft is created using bone sourced from a human donor.
An Alloplast graft is created using a mixture of synthetic material containing calcium, phosphorous, and hydroxylapatite. This type of graft is commonly used in sinus lifts or when the area in not easily seen.
A Xenograft is created using bone from an animal, typically a cow. This method is not commonly used now due to the advancements in synthetic options and the availability of other sources.
What Does A Bone Grafting Treatment Cost?
The cost of a bone grafting treatment can vary greatly depending multiple factors including:
- Type of material used for the graft
- Amount of bone needed
- Location of the graft
- Additional complications such as a sinus lift
Generally, when you need a bone graft as part of a Dental Implant treatment, the cost for both procedures will be included in your treatment plan.
As with all treatments, some dental insurance plans will cover some or all the bone graft treatment. Our friendly staff can help you understand what your dental benefits cover. We are also happy to offer convenient financing options through our partnership with CareCredit.
Bone Grafting Procedures
As previously mentioned, there are many reasons your dentist may recommend a bone graft treatment. The treatments are generally done by injecting a local anesthesia around the treatment area to numb the teeth and gums. We can also offer oral sedation options to make you more relaxed and relieve any dental anxiety you may feel.
Depending on the amount of bone that is needed to be replaced and the location of the graft, your bone graft may fall into one of four following types of treatments.
Little Bone Graft
This type of bone graft treatment is done when Dr. Albik has removed a damaged or decayed tooth. Once the tooth has been extracted, he will inject the empty tooth socket with the graft material which resemble granules of sand. A protective collagen membrane is then placed over the socket before the gums are secured over the site with stitches.
The bone graft treatment does not generally add to the healing time. In the weeks following the extraction, natural bone will form inside the socket, retaining the original bone height. This treatment is done so a dental implant can be placed later.
Medium Bone Graft
When there has been a more significant amount of bone loss due to lost teeth or gum disease you may need to restore bone height and width. In this situation, Dr. Albik will make an incision in the gums surrounding the bone and inject the bone graft. Doing so will help build the area up restoring the height and width needed for implant surgery or to help secure the natural teeth.
Big Bone Graft
When a tooth or teeth have been previously removed and no immediate graft treatment was done, patients can experience severe bone loss. In these situations, a big bone graft may be required.
This treatment can require more than just natural or synthetic bone grafting material. The procedure will generally include a block of bone or synthetic material as a base. The block is secured into place using screws and plates which proved a secure base for a dental implant. Additional grafting material is injected around the block to fill any gaps. A protective collagen membrane is then placed over the socket before the gums are secured over the site with stitches. Healing time for this treatment can take a few months before the site is ready for placement of an implant.
Sinuses run directly above your upper teeth. When there is extreme bone loss in the upper jaw, a sinus lift may be required before a dental implant can be placed. In these situations, the floor of the sinus must be raised to allow adequate bone structure for a successful implant placement.
The sinus lift procedure is done by making an incision in the gum tissue which creates a small window into the sinus cavity. The sinus membrane is then carefully detached and lifted from the sinus walls. A bone graft is then placed between the membrane and sinus floor. When enough bone has been placed, a collagen membrane is placed to protect the new bone. The window is then sealed with stiches and allowed to heal. A sinus lift will take a minimum of four months to heal before an implant can be placed.
“I can’t say how much I appreciate El Dorado Family Dental! I needed implant surgery that first required a bone graft. I was very self-conscious of my missing tooth and stopped smiling in pictures to hide it. Dr. Albik did such an amazing job! No one can even tell I have an artificial tooth now! THANK YOU!”
– Anita G. Placerville, CA
Bone Graft Healing & Recovery
The amount of time required for a bone graft to fully heal will depend on the type of graft used and the amount of bone that is needed to be replaced. Full recovery can be as short as a few months or over a year. Dr. Albik can give you a more accurate recovery timeline based on your treatment during your initial consultation.
As with all dental treatments, the best way to ensure successful healing is with great oral hygiene practices including:
- Regularly brushing and flossing 2-3 times a day. Additionally, Dr. Albik may recommend a special dental implant tool to assist in cleaning areas traditional brushing and flossing cannot reach.
- Following the American Dental Associations recommended regular six-month Dental Exams and Cleanings.
- Avoiding eating, drinking, or chewing on foods, drinks and objects that could damage the implant or bone graft. These include biting on hard candy or ice and avoiding tobacco and excessive caffeine and coffee which can stain implants and natural teeth.
When you are ready to replace a damaged or missing tooth or teeth, our friendly dental staff is here to easily guide you through the treatment options, procedures, dental insurance and financing available. Let our experienced Bone Grafting Dentist restore your beautiful smile and oral health with a bone grafting treatment plan today.