About Bone Grafting
Every team member at MINT dentistry in Humble, TX is dedicated to giving our patients a beautiful smile. However, your smile is only beautiful if it's also healthy. The strength of your jawbone is imperative to your teeth and gums. When your jaw is weak from missing teeth or physical trauma, you may need a bone graft to help strengthen your jaw so it can hold dental implants or removable dentures. At MINT dentistry in Humble, TX, surgical bone grafting is often recommended to prepare your jaw for dentures or dental implants to replace weakened or missing teeth. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified oral surgeon at MINT dentistry in Humble, TX to get more information about bone augmentation. Our board-certified dentists are experienced in bone grafting surgery to help you keep your sexy teeth.
If your jawbone is weak, it may be because of an oral condition, such as gum disease, or following a physical trauma to your face. Your jawbone may also be weakened from atrophy if a tooth is missing for a length of time without replacement by a restoration, like dentures, a bridge, or an implant. Bone augmentation surgery strengthens and prepares the jaw for dentures or an implant, but it's important to understand that the process will take time. The grafting and implant process can take several months to finish, but you will have a restored jaw and better oral health. To help us decide whether you need bone grafting surgery, your dental team will obtain digital images and perform a thorough examination during your initial consultation.
What to Expect
When you arrive for your grafting procedure, our highly skilled team will ensure your total comfort by helping you settle in and then administering the sedation method discussed during your consultation. After the graft is ready to be placed, the oral surgeon will attach it to your jawbone through incisions made in your gums. Proteins and collagens are added to the graft to speed integration. Finally, your gums will be closed and cleaned thoroughly to prevent infection.
Your mouth will need about 6 – 9 months to heal as the graft will bond with your jawbone. During this time, it's important to maintain an optimal oral care routine at home with daily flossing and brushing along with any products your MINT dentistry team recommends (for example, a prescribed mouthwash or antibiotics). You need to attend follow-up appointments at our office so our team can evaluate your recovery and decide when you can move to the next step in your treatment plan. To continuously improve your oral health, we recommend scheduling biannual dental examinations and cleanings.
The MINT Commitment
Our skilled support staff will reach out to your dental insurance company to understand your benefits and remaining bill prior to scheduling your procedure. If it's considered medically necessary, a portion of the expenses of bone grafting is usually covered. During your consultation and exam with the MINT dentistry team, we can estimate your costs and discuss ways to make your care easier to afford. The MINT dentistry team is dedicated to making it easy for our patients to afford their routine dental care and advanced procedures. If you do not have insurance and need help affording your bone grafting, ask a member of our team for information on the MINT Discount Plan.
Your best smile is only possible if you also have a healthy mouth. Help strengthen your jaw so it can support dental implants or traditional dentures with bone grafting at MINT dentistry in Humble, TX. During your first appointment with a board-certified doctor, you can learn about the many bone grafting options and receive a personalized treatment plan that will help strengthen your jaw and optimize your oral health. Contact our office in Humble, TX to schedule a consultation about bone grafting.