Maintaining a strong jawbone is vital to your total oral health. If you have a weakened jawbone from physical trauma or missing teeth, you may require a bone grafting procedure so that your jaw can properly maintain both your natural teeth and dental implants. Bone grafting often helps to build up the strength of your jawbone so that it's stable enough for treatment. At Signature Dentistry of Rochester, osseous surgery is performed to strengthen your jawbone, most often before implant surgery to replace missing or weak teeth. Make an appointment with board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe at his office in Rochester Hills, MI to get more information on surgical bone grafts.
A weakened jawbone may be caused by some oral diseases, like gingivitis, or a physical trauma to your mouth or teeth. The jawbone may begin to atrophy if you are missing a tooth (or teeth) and the removal wasn't treated, or if it was replaced with a removable or cemented restoration instead of a dental implant. A bone graft builds up the insufficient jawbone to prepare you for a dental implant or to save a natural tooth that is salvageable. You must be willing to commit time to the process. Despite its short operation time, bone grafting may require several months to heal. Even so, the major benefit to the procedure is that you will gain a stronger, healthier jawbone that will support your dental implant and natural teeth to give you a healthier mouth.
What To Expect
The exact process of bone grafting surgery will depend on the graft source and the amount of grafting being done. Your bone graft can be taken from your own body from areas, like your shin, chin, or hip, which is called an autograft. An autograft may be performed in our office using sedation and local anesthesia, or at a surgical facility using general anesthesia. Additional graft methods include an allograft, which harvests bone from another human. A xenograft is a bone graft from an animal, usually a cow. A synthetic bone graft, known as an alloplast, may also be used. Regardless of the source, all of the human and animal donor grafts are treated and sterilized in a laboratory to ensure that they are safe and in good condition. At your appointment, Dr. Wolfe will go over your options for bone grafts and help you select the best method.
Once your graft is ready, Dr. Wolfe will prepare the areas being treated and place an incision through the gum tissue to reveal the bone. Your bone graft will be affixed to your jawbone with proteins and collagen that stimulate growth in the graft. The incision will be closed with sutures, and the mouth will be cleaned.
In the following six or more months, the graft should heal into your jaw, a process known as osseointegration. Within this timeframe, it is critical to follow a proper oral care routine by flossing and brushing regularly in addition to any products suggested by Dr. Wolfe. He may write a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics for any inflammation or discomfort after your graft. You may need to schedule follow-up appointments at Signature Dentistry of Rochester to check the progress of your bone graft, and if necessary, to decide when you are ready and healed enough to begin the dental implant process.
Our office can talk to your insurance company to understand your benefits and personal costs. If the procedure is deemed medically necessary, part of your costs for the surgery is typically paid. At your consultation with Dr. Wolfe, he may be able to estimate your costs with or without dental insurance and discuss other payments we accept, including low-interest medical financing.
At Signature Dentistry of Rochester, we can rebuild the strength of your jaw so that it can hold both dental implants and your natural teeth with bone graft surgery. In your consultation with board-certified dentist Dr. Wolfe, you can get more information about your options for graft material and get a unique plan for treatment that will give you a stronger jawbone. Contact us at our Rochester Hills, MI office to make your appointment.