Dental Bone Graft

A dental bone graft is a procedure that grafts a section of bone from another area of the body onto the jaw bone. A successful bone graft creates a jawbone strong enough to support a dental implant. A small incision is made in the gum to gain access to the bone that will be grafted. Next, the grafting material is added by transplanting a piece of bone from a part of the body into the jawbone or by using bone taken from a cadaver or an animal source. Over the next couple of months, the body will replace the graft with its own bone and reverse the decline in bone quantity.

Ideal candidates are healthy individuals suffering from loss of jawbone density or recession, missing teeth, trauma to the mouth, tumor removal or gum disease. Patients with unhealthy oral tissues are also not suitable candidates.

The typical cost ranges from $400-$1200. The factors that can influence the final cost include the amount of bone needed, the source of the bone, surgical facility fees and the geographic location of the procedure.

The amount of time needed for recovery depends on the level of the injury or defect being treated and the size of the bone graft. It generally takes 2 weeks to 3 months for recovery. To minimize any swelling, ice can be applied to the area treated in regular intervals for the first 2 days. Patients are advised to sleep on their back and keep the head elevated to prevent blood from pooling at the bone graft site. The results of the procedure are permanent.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

submitted on   Tue Jan, 26, 2016 by Kevin Brown, DDS     
A dental bridge uses a fixed prosthetic device to address missing teeth. The device is called a dental bridge because it bridges a gap between one or more missing teeth. The process uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge/artificial teeth located in-between the natural teeth. The...