Dental Bone Grafts after Tooth Extraction in Deltona, Fl

If you needing to have a tooth taken out, a bone graft can help to preserve the height and width of the bone, so in the future, if you desire a dental implant to replace that tooth, you don’t have significant bone loss that often comes after extractions. The bone tends to shrink downward and inward. By doing a bone graft immediately after, typically on the same day as an extraction, you can prevent that shrinkage. Putting bone grafting material directly into the socket as the tooth is removed acts as a scaffold for new bone to grow on and it protects the clot thereby speeds up the healing.

If you need to have a tooth taken out, a bone graft can help to preserve the height and width of the bone, so in the future, if you desire a dental implant to replace that tooth, you don’t have significant bone loss that often comes after extractions. The bone tends to shrink downward and inward. By doing a bone graft immediately after, typically on the same day as an extraction, you can prevent that shrinkage. Putting bone grafting material directly into the socket as the tooth is removed acts as a scaffold for new bone to grow on and it protects the clot thereby speeds up the healing.

We generally like to wait a minimum of 3-4 months after a bone graft – or up to 8-9 months on the upper back ridges near the sinuses where the bone is even less dense already before attempting to restore the area.  

Bone grafts typically are painless because there are not that many nerves running through the jawbone. Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised at how much less discomfort they experience after an extraction when a bone graft is placed in the socket. In the larger back molar extraction areas, sometimes we will add a membrane over the graft to help prevent food or debris from getting into the socket or to prevent the grafting material from washing out of the socket. We usually suggest avoiding chewing on that area for a few days after an extraction and especially if bone grafting was done, because we want it to be as stable as possible to maximize the structure for the healing to occur.

Bone grafts are a safe and proven way to preserve your bone. Dr. Zerivitz can discuss with you the various options of bone grafting materials at your visit to determine which one might work best in your particular situation. When done properly, bone grafts have an extremely high success rate.  

 

Before Bone Graft

After Extraction

After Bone Graft

 

Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis and autoimmune disorders or oral habits such as smoking, or medications such as bisphosphonates or anticoagulants can all affect the success of a bone graft. Dr. Z can discuss these options with you and let you know if he thinks you would be a good candidate for bone grafting after a dental tooth extraction. The costs associated with this procedure depend upon the location in the mouth, whether a membrane is needed, the amount of bone needed, and the materials used. Again, this can all be discussed at your pre-surgical visit.

BONE GRAFT FAQ’s

Where do they get the bone material for a bone graft? There are several different sources for bone grafting materials. There are synthetic sources which typically dissolve after a few months, there are sources from cadavers that are most common and there are sources from other animals. All of them are sterilized and protected against infection and contain no bacteria or viruses. They are all highly protected and sterile. Dr. Z can go over your options in advance. In some cases, a surgeon may scrape the patients own bone and use those shavings are graft material.

How much does a bone graft cost? Typical fees for a bone graft can run from $85-800 dollars depending upon the complexity and material used. Most dental insurances do not cover bone grafts, however, in certain situations, we may be able to get medical insurance to help with the costs.

Do I need a bone graft to get a dental implant? No, it is not necessary, but it depends upon the individual case and the timing between the extraction and the placement of the implant. Bone grafts can be done prior to or during implant placement, however, they are not always used, especially if the implant fits the socket well and there is no excess space around it.

If you are in the Deltona, Lake Monroe or DeBary area, then give Dr. Michael Zerivitz a call to discuss your options!