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Bone Grafting in Austin

Man in dental chair talking to dentist Patients with missing teeth or who need to have teeth extracted may need to receive bone grafting procedures. Bone grafting can improve success rates for patients prior to dental implant placement, and grafting treatments can also improve healing time for patients following tooth extraction. Whatever reason you’re in need of bone grafting procedure, Dr. Jack Fan, and his caring Austin dentistry team at The Dental Centre are here to help. We offer bone grafting in our comfortable, state-of-the-art Austin dental office. If you want to learn more about bone grafting or other treatments, contact our Austin dental team to schedule a restorative dentistry consultation today. We look forward helping you restore full health and function to your smile.

Do I Need a Bone Graft?

Senior woman pointing to new smile There are really two main reasons to receive a bone graft. The first is to preserve your natural jawbone density following tooth loss or extraction. This form of bone grafting is referred to as socket preservation. The other reason to receive jawbone grafts would be to build up the hard tissue density or reposition the tooth’s nerve prior to the placement of dental implant posts. Not all patients who have a tooth extracted or who choose to receive dental implant supported tooth replacement will need to have a bone graft. Every case is different, and we will need to examine your smile to determine whether or not you’ll need a bone graft.

Bone Grafts & Dental Implant Tooth Replacement

Senior couple smiling together outdoors The most common reason we recommend bone grafting is as a preparatory treatment for dental implant supported tooth replacement plans. Following tooth loss, many patients experience diminished jawbone density. This can prevent them from successfully completing dental implant placement procedures. Bone grafts can significantly increase chances for success, allowing more patients than ever before to become candidates for implant supported tooth replacement.

How Does Bone Grafting Work?

Smiling senior man in dental chairThere are several different types of commonly performed bone graft procedures. The four most common are:

  • Socket preservation – a small amount of bone from the jaw or other part of the body is placed into the socket immediately following tooth extraction to promote healing and preserve natural jawbone density. This is typically recommended only when teeth will be replaced.
  • Sinus lift – the large sinus cavity above the top row of teeth makes it difficult for many patients to receive an upper arch dental implant. Sinus lift procedures place additional bone along the upper jaw, so patients may successfully receive one or more implant posts.
  • Ridge expansion – this is the most difficult and invasive form of bone grafting. It requires us to split the existing bone and add graft material in the middle of the separated tissue. These procedures can increase the height or width of the jawbone.
  • Nerve repositioning – in some cases the nerve tissue that runs through the jaw needs to be protected before we can place a dental implant post, so we place additional bone tissue over top of the nerve to protect it from contact with implant post.

What Should I expect After Bone Grafting?

Following your bone graft procedure, you will likely be a little sore and you may experience some bruising and inflammation at the site. If you ever experience severe swelling, increased pain, or signs of infection, you should contact our team immediately. We may need to provide follow up treatment to address infection or other complications. Otherwise, you can expect to make a complete recovery within a few days to a week. If you’re going to receive dental implants, we typically need to wait several weeks or even months to ensure the new bone has time to fully fuse with your natural oral structures.