Dental Health: Jawbone Grafting As Part Of Dental Implant Explained
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Dental Health: Jawbone Grafting As Part Of Dental Implant Explained

Specialists in dental implants will explain jawbone grafting or show videos to give a patient good information. Since the author has firsthand experience with this procedure, you can read this before seeing your dentist or specialist regarding bone grafting.

Dental implants will sometimes require jawbone grafting as part of that oral procedure. When the aging jawbone is needed to secure the dental implant, the grafting supplies the foundation for the dental work, but must be done prior to the placement of the implanted tooth. These first hand facts will prepare you before your dentist appointment is made in the event bone grafting is necessary.

It is not only age that diminishes the density of the jawbone, but one other very important aspect that a specialist will instruct to be done for a successful dental implanting to take place. When a dental implant is chosen as the replacement for a tooth, the tooth extraction should be done the same day. The specialist doing the dental implant should be available to view the condition of the mouth and view the x-rays too. The jawbone grafting procedure is begun directly after the tooth is removed.

Much bone loss occurs quickly and the mouth heals rapidly with the closing of the gum after extraction takes place. Since those things happen soon the jawbone should be evaluated to determine if bone grafting is needed for a successful dental implant to begin. Prior to a tooth extraction x-rays are taken to evaluate the density and structure of the jawbone, which might indicate grafting for the tooth implant to have sufficient bone to be drilled to hold the implant.

Dentists will offer suitable cow, pig and lab manufactured compositions for the bone graft. There is no pain involved in jawbone grafting, however some prescription or OTC pain medicine could be used for the soreness from the extracted tooth.

Dental implant specialists are DDS, ( academic degree for a doctor of dental surgery) called  an implantologist. They learn specific techniques instructing them how to use the proper tools, prepare the site for the implant, bone graft application and the final implant to be permanently placed in the jawbone.

Since the dentist's tools are precisely designed for use in dental implants, they are unfamiliar to most patients. Sounds during the implant procedures are strange, yet jawbone grafting is quiet, only requiring the mouth to stay open for 15 to 25 minutes while the grafting is applied to the jawbone. A wedge is placed to support the patient's open mouth, a pillow at the back of the neck is offered and at times paraffin to the hands are part of the creature comforts specialists give their patients.

When the implant site is prepared with bone grafting, in a prominently visual spot, a flipper is placed in the dental implant site for esthetics. Flippers are specially fitted to the patient's mouth similar to what a partial denture would be. The cost of the flipper is $200 to $300, but well worth it to a patient who is waiting for bone grafting to "take". This dental prosthesis is easily removed by the patient as they desire. Cleaning instructions are given by a dental assistant or dental hygienist when the device is purchased. Flippers are color coded and durable lasting the months of jawbone grafting to be completed. It is then discarded when not needed anymore.

Healing of the bone graft site depends on an individual's over all health. Weekly dental visits allow the specialist to observe the graft site, surrounding gum tissue and general wellness of the oral cavity where the procedure is taking place. Layering of grafting material is applied to continue toward a solid jawbone for the tooth implant and x-rays monitor the depth of the bone graft progress.

Jawbone grafting dental prices range from $400 to $550 which are in addition to the final dental implant costs.


Roberta Baxter's jawbone graft personal experience. 

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Comments (8)

An expert discussion that gives people a clear idea of what to expect from this procedure.

Not something I want to have done. I did contact Factoidz for you, did you check your spam e-mail to see if messages to there?

My teeth were tightening as I read this one. Such topic is one of my weaknesses. But this is great information..

You explain this topic with much essential info. Thanks.

thanks for sharing..voted

Wow, this is another fine piece.

You did a very intricate explanation of this procedure, Rob. The surgery could be quite scary and painful however as I recall the last tooth extraction I had with my dentist decades ago.

Well explained, thanks Roberta!