About Bone Grafting
Every team member at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX is dedicated to giving our patients a dazzling smile with sexy teeth. However, your smile will only be dazzling if it's healthy first. Having a strong jawbone is important to your teeth and gums. When your jaw is weak from a physical trauma or missing teeth, bone grafting surgery may be needed to help augment the strength of your jawbone so it will be able to hold traditional dentures or implanted restorations. At MINT dentistry in Houston, TX, bone augmentation surgery is usually suggested to prepare your mouth for dentures or implant placement surgery to replace missing or damaged teeth. Schedule an initial consultation with a board-certified oral surgeon at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to get more information about jawbone augmentation. MINT dentistry's board-certified dentists are experienced in advanced procedures like bone grafting surgery to help you get a healthy and attractive smile.
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If your jawbone is weak, it may be because of an oral condition, such as periodontal disease, or from a blunt trauma to your lower face. Your jawbone may also be weakened from atrophy if a tooth or teeth have not been replaced with a restoration (dental implant, dentures, or a bridge). Bone augmentation surgery adds enough strength to your jaw to prepare it for dentures or an implant, but you need to understand how much healing time will be required. The grafting and implant process often takes several months to finish, but you'll have a restored jawbone and better oral health. To help us decide whether you require bone augmentation, your dental team will take digital images and perform a thorough physical exam during your consultation.
What to Expect
To begin your procedure, your MINT dentistry team will help you settle in before we administer the method of sedation decided during your initial consultation. Once your graft is ready to be placed, your team will make incisions in your gums so it can be attached to your jawbone. Collagens and proteins are added to the graft to help it integrate with the natural bone. When the graft(s) has been placed, the incisions in your gums will be closed and then, to prevent an infection, your mouth will be thoroughly cleaned.
It will take about 6 – 9 months for your mouth to heal while the graft integrates with the natural bone in your jaw. It is especially important during this time to follow an optimal oral care routine at home with gentle brushing and flossing plus any products recommended by your dentist (like a prescribed mouthwash or antibiotics). We will schedule your follow-up appointments at our office so your dentist can evaluate 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 attending appointments for cleanings twice a year.
The MINT Commitment
MINT dentistry's front office will speak to your dental insurance provider to understand your coverage and costs before scheduling your appointment. If it's considered necessary, a portion of your surgery may be paid. In your consultation and exam with your team, we can estimate different options and explain ways that may make your treatment more affordable. The MINT dentistry team is dedicated to making it easy for our patients afford their routine dental care and advanced procedures. If you don't have insurance and need help affording your bone grafting, ask your dentist for information on the MINT Discount Plan.
Your best smile is only possible if you also have a healthy jaw. Restore the health of your jaw for better support of dental implants or traditional dentures with bone grafting surgery at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX. At your first appointment with your team of board-certified dental professionals, you can get more information about the options in bone grafting surgery and receive a unique treatment plan designed to help improve your oral health with a stronger jawbone. Contact MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to schedule a consultation about bone grafting.