In some cases, the jawbone is too soft or weak to effectively hold a dental implant in place, so bone grafting (also called guided bone regeneration) is used to strengthen the needed areas of the jawbone. A weakened jawbone may be the result of periodontal disease, cavities, infections, injury, trauma, or a developmental defect, but bone augmentation can restore the strength, as well as the width or height of the jawbone. The bone graft is usually taken from the patient (the chin, hip, and shin are common donor sites), but the graft can also be synthetic, taken from a human cadaver, or a cow. Dr. Roberto Porras, a board-certified periodontist, performs advanced bone regeneration procedures for his Houston area patients at Texas Periodontal Associates to prepare the mouth for a successful dental implant.
Guided Bone Regeneration Reviews
"I had a serious issue pop up and Dr. Porras and his staff were very adept at getting me in and getting things taken care of. I had to have a bone graft done and Dr. Porras was so good to explain everything in terms that I understood. Dr. Porras and staff are all very professional yet make the patient feel very comfortable. I would recommend to anyone."- J.B. / Google / Jun 10, 2016
Reasons for Bone Grafting
- To improve dental implant stability
- To aid ridge augmentation
- To treat gum disease
- To improve the appearance of the smile
- To improve undeveloped bone
Most bone grafting can be done with the patient under local anesthesia, but in cases where larger amounts of bone are being grafted, the doctor may prefer general anesthesia. Once the bone graft is prepared, the doctor will make a small incision in the gum to attach the graft to the needed area. Once the graft is in place, the doctor will suture the incision in the gums and then cover the treatment area with protective bandages.
After the bone graft procedure is complete, patients will be given antibiotics, pain medications, and an antibacterial mouthwash to improve the healing process. Patients are usually asked to avoid hard foods and putting pressure on the grafted area; a liquid or soft foods diet is best for the first few days after the procedure. The bone graft will be given 6 – 9 months to heal and bond to the jawbone before the dental implant procedure is scheduled.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $3,500
- Recovery Time
- 48 hours
- How Long It Takes
- 1-2 hours
- Follow Up Time
- 7-10 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
For patients who have a weakened jawbone from gum disease, infection, trauma, or other reasons, bone regeneration and grafting can restore the strength of the bone to improve the patient’s overall oral health and provide needed support for a dental implant.