About Bone Grafting
At MINT dentistry, we are committed to giving you a beautiful smile. However, your smile is only beautiful if it's also healthy. Having a strong jawbone is important to the health of your mouth. When your jaw is weak from missing teeth or physical trauma, you may need a bone graft to help augment the strength of your jawbone so it will be able to hold dental implants or removable dentures. At MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX, surgical bone grafting is often suggested to prepare your jaw for dentures or implant placement surgery to replace missing or damaged teeth. Schedule a consultation with a member of our skilled dental team at our upscale dental office in Lake Worth, TX to get more information about bone augmentation. Our board-certified doctors are skilled in advanced procedures, like bone grafting surgery, to help you get a healthy and attractive smile.
If your jawbone is weak, it may be because of an oral condition, such as periodontal disease, or from 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 dental implant, dentures, or a bridge. Bone grafting gives your jaw the necessary strength to prepare you for dentures or a dental implant, but you need to understand how much healing time will be required. The grafting and implant process often takes months to finish, but you'll have a restored jaw that will support your dental implant or dentures for better oral health. To determine whether you are an ideal candidate for bone grafting, your team will obtain digital x-rays and perform a thorough examination during your consultative appointment.
What to Expect
Before beginning your procedure, our highly skilled team will help you settle in before we administer the method of sedation decided during your initial consultation. After your graft is prepared for placement, a member of the MINT dentistry team will make incisions in your gums so it can be attached to your jawbone. Proteins and collagens are added to the graft to help it integrate with the natural bone. Once the process is complete, the surgeon will close the incisions in your gums and clean your mouth to reduce the risk of an infection or other complications.
While your mouth heals over the next several months, the graft will bond with your jawbone. During this time, it's important to follow a good home oral care routine with daily flossing and brushing, plus any products recommended by your dentist (such as antibiotics or special mouthwashes). You need to attend follow-up appointments at our office so our team can check your healing and decide when you are able to receive dentures or a dental implant(s). To continuously improve your oral health, MINT dentistry recommends scheduling professional cleanings twice a year.
The MINT Commitment
Our skilled support staff will contact your dental insurance company to confirm your coverage and out-of-pocket expenses prior to scheduling your procedure. If it is considered medically necessary, some of your surgery may be covered. In your consultation and exam with your team, we will give you cost estimates and discuss ways to make your care easier to afford. MINT dentistry is committed to helping our patients afford their dental procedures. If you do not have insurance and need help affording your bone grafting procedure, ask a member of our team about the MINT Discount Plan.
Your best smile is only possible if you also have good oral health. Restore the health of your jaw for better support of dental implants or traditional dentures with bone grafting surgery at MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX. At your consultation with our dental team, you can get more information about the options in bone grafting surgery and receive a unique treatment plan that will help strengthen your jaw and optimize your oral health. Contact MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX to schedule an appointment.