About Bone Grafting
At MINT dentistry, we are committed to giving you sexy teeth. However, your teeth can only be sexy if they are also healthy. The strength of your jawbone is imperative to the health of your mouth. When your jaw is weak from a physical trauma or missing teeth, bone grafting surgery may be needed to help your jawbone remain strong enough to hold both traditional dentures or implanted restorations. At MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX, bone grafting surgery is often recommended to prepare your jaw for dentures or dental implant surgery to replace weakened or missing teeth. Schedule an initial consultation with a member of our skilled dental team at our upscale dental office in Conroe, TX to get more information about bone grafting. Our board-certified dentists are experienced in advanced procedures, like bone grafting surgery, to help you achieve optimal oral health.
Best Candidates for Bone Grafting
A weakened jaw can be the result of an oral condition, such as gum disease, or from a physical trauma to your 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 grafting surgery gives your jaw the necessary strength to prepare you for dentures or a dental implant, but it's important to understand that the process will take time. The grafting and implant process can take months to finish, but you will have a stronger jaw that will support your dental implant or dentures for better oral health. To help us decide whether you need bone augmentation surgery, your team will take digital x-rays and perform a comprehensive physical exam during your initial consultation.
What to Expect with Bone Grafting
When you arrive for your grafting procedure, our highly skilled team will ensure your total comfort by helping you settle in and then administering the method of sedation decided during your initial consultation. Once the graft is prepared for placement, the oral surgeon will make incisions in your gums so it can be attached to your jawbone. Collagens and proteins will be added to help the graft integrate. Finally, your gums will be closed and cleaned thoroughly to prevent infection.
Bone Grafting Treatment Aftercare
It will take about 6 – 9 months for your mouth to heal while the natural bone in your jaw will integrate with the graft. During this time, it's important to follow an optimal oral care routine at home with daily flossing and brushing along with any products your MINT dentistry team recommends (such as a prescribed mouthwash or antibiotics). We will schedule your follow-up appointments at our office so your dentist can monitor your healing and decide when you are able to receive dentures or a dental implant(s). To keep your mouth healthy after grafting, MINT dentistry recommends attending professional cleanings twice a year.
The MINT Commitment
We will contact your dental insurance provider to determine your benefits and costs prior to scheduling your appointment. If it is considered necessary, part of the expenses of bone grafting is usually paid. In your consultation with your team, we can estimate your costs and discuss ways to make your care easier to afford. We are committed to making it easy for our patients to afford their dental procedures. If you do not have insurance and need help affording your bone grafting procedure, ask a member of our team for information on the MINT Discount Plan.
Bone Grafting Advanced Care
Your best smile is only possible if you also have a healthy mouth. Help strengthen your jaw so it can support dentures or dental implants with bone grafting at MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX. At your initial consultation with your team of board-certified dental professionals, you can learn about the many bone grafting options and receive a unique treatment plan designed to help you achieve a stronger jaw and healthier mouth. Contact MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX to schedule an appointment.