Your jawbone's strength is very important to your overall oral health. If your jawbone is weakened from physical trauma or missing teeth, you may need bone grafting so your jaw can properly fit both dental implants and your natural teeth. A bone graft helps to augment and build up your jawbone so it's dense enough to hold an implant. At Alpine Dental Arts, osseous surgery is offered to strengthen your jaw before implant surgery to replace missing or weak teeth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Becerra at his office in Lakewood, CO to get more information on bone grafting.
"I was recently recommended to Alpine Dental Arts due to a broken bridge, which left me with no upper front teeth. The staff was able to schedule me in the next day. By the end of the day, I was fitted with a temporary bridge. I met with Dr. Beccera, and was given options for the work needed. I found the entire staff and Dr. Becerra to be friendly and knowledgeable, making this unforseen visit easy and comfortable. I am having the balance of the dental work done next week. I am not a person to write reviews, however I was so pleased with the ordeal, I wanted to share my experience."- C.C. / Google / May 30, 2019
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"I personally worked alongside Dr. Becerra and he is by far the BEST DENTIST I have EVER worked with. He truly puts his patients first and goes above and beyond to make them feel at home. He makes sure to inform his patients on all possible treatments and takes his time to make sure they understand everything before anything is done. He works quickly and efficiently and makes sure things are done right the first time. He is highly ethical and uses quality materials for all work. If you are looking for a dentist who is diligent, personable, dexterous in his craft, and above all puts the patient first, look no further."- M.A. / Facebook / Apr 08, 2019
"I just had two teeth pulled and a bone graft yesterday. I was so nervous because of bad experiences at other dentists with teeth pulling, etc. I didn't feel a thing and I was relaxed the whole time"- S.S. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
Your jawbone may be weak if you have some oral diseases, like gingivitis, or if you had a physical trauma to your mouth. Atrophy can also weaken the jawbone if you were missing a tooth (or teeth), and it wasn't treated or was replaced with a removable or cemented restoration instead of a dental implant. Bone grafting strengthens and prepares the jaw for a dental implant; however, you'll have to be willing to commit time to the process. Bone grafting may need several months to heal, but you'll get a stronger, healthier jawbone that will not only support your dental implant, but also your natural teeth for better overall oral health.
What To Expect
The process of your bone grafting procedure will depend on the source of the graft and how much grafting is needed. You may have bone taken from one area of your body, such as your shin, hip, or chin, which is known as an autograft. An autograft may be done in our office using sedation and local anesthesia, or at a surgical facility using general anesthesia. Additional graft options include an allograft, which uses bone harvested from another human. A xenograft uses bone taken from an animal, typically a cow. An alloplast is a synthetic bone graft. During your consultative appointment, Dr. Becerra will discuss your graft options and help you determine the best choice.
When your selected graft is ready, Dr. Becerra will numb the treatment area and place an incision through the gum tissue to expose the bone. Your prepared graft will be affixed to your jawbone along with proteins and collagen that encourage the graft to attach and grow. The gum tissue will be sutured closed and the mouth will be cleaned.
In the following 6 – 9 months, the graft should bond with your jaw, a process known as osseointegration. Within this timeframe, it is important to maintain a good oral care routine with flossing and brushing plus any additional products suggested by Dr. Becerra. He may write a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics for any inflammation or discomfort after your bone graft. You may need to make follow-up appointments at Alpine Dental Arts to check your progress and to decide when your jawbone is strong enough for a dental implant.
Our office can talk to your dental insurance company to determine your benefits and out-of-pocket cost, although if it is medically necessary, part of your costs for the surgery are typically paid for. At your consultative appointment with Dr. Becerra, he may estimate your costs with or without dental insurance, and discuss payment options including low-interest medical financing.
Build up your jaw so it can hold both your natural teeth and dental implants with bone grafting at Alpine Dental Arts. During your consultation with Dr. Becerra, you can learn about your bone graft options and get a custom plan for treatment that leads to a stronger jaw and a healthier mouth. Contact our office in Lakewood, CO to make your appointment today.