Bone Grafting Overview
Your jawbone's strength is important to your total oral health. With a weakened jawbone from physical trauma or missing teeth, you may need to receive bone grafting so your jaw can properly fit both dental implants and your natural teeth. Bone grafting helps to reinforce and build up your jawbone so it's stable enough to hold an implant. At LifeTime Smiles of OC, osseous surgery is performed to strengthen your jawbone before implant surgery to replace missing or weak teeth. Make an appointment with highly trained dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham at his office in Santa Ana, CA to get more information on surgical bone grafts.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"So happy Dr. Abraham and his team were able to squeeze me in for a last minute root canal. They did such a great job! Ana and Dr. Abraham explained everything they we're doing and walked me though the whole process. It was pretty quick, painless and everything ran smoothly. I definitely recommend the LifeTime Smiles if OC team!"- N.P. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2020
"The staff is AMAZING! I had a dental emergency while on vacation and as soon as I got back they worked me in immediately. Dr Abraham did an awesome job and throughout the procedure he made sure I was comfortable as well as informed with what he was doing. His assistant Ana was just as amazing with her kindness, patience, and knowledge. You can’t even tell part of my front tooth was missing, I can’t thank them enough!! 10/10 would recommend for any procedure for any age!"- B.T. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
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Best Candidates for Bone Grafting
A weakened jawbone may be caused by some oral diseases, like gingivitis, or if you had a physical trauma to your mouth. The jawbone may begin to atrophy if you were missing a tooth (or teeth), and it wasn't treated/was replaced with a removable or cemented restoration instead of a dental implant. A bone graft builds up the jaw and prepares you for a dental implant; however, you'll have to be willing to commit time to the process. Bone grafting may require several months to heal, but you'll get a stronger, healthier jawbone that will support your dental implant and your natural teeth to give you a healthier mouth.
What To Expect with Bone Grafting
The exact process of bone grafting surgery will depend on the graft source and the amount of grafting being done. Your bone graft may be taken from your own body from areas like your chin, hip, or lower leg, which is called an autograft. An autograft may be performed in our office using sedation and local anesthesia, or at a surgical facility using general anesthesia. Additional graft methods include an allograft, which harvests bone from another human. A xenograft is a bone graft from an animal, usually a cow. A synthetic bone graft may also be used, known as an alloplast. At your consultative appointment, Dr. Abraham will go over your options for bone grafts and help you select the best method.
Once your graft is ready, Dr. Abraham will prepare the areas being treated and place an incision through the gum tissue to reveal the bone. Your bone graft will be affixed to your jawbone with proteins and collagen that stimulate growth in the graft. The incision will be closed with sutures and the mouth will be cleaned.
Bone Grafting Recovery
In the following six or more months, the graft should heal into your jaw, a process known as osseointegration. Within this timeframe, it is critical to follow a proper oral care routine with flossing and brushing, plus any additional products suggested by Dr. Abraham. He may write a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics for any inflammation or discomfort after your graft. You may need to make follow-up appointments at LifeTime Smiles of OC for progress checks and to decide when you are ready for the dental implant process.
Bone Grafting Insurance Coverage
Our office can talk to your insurance company to understand your benefits and personal costs, although if it's medically necessary, part of your costs for the surgery are typically paid. At your consultative appointment with Dr. Abraham, he may be able to estimate your costs with or without dental insurance and explain payments we accept, including low-interest medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Help strengthen your jaw so it can hold both dental implants and your natural teeth with bone graft surgery at LifeTime Smiles of OC. During your consultation with dentist Dr. Abraham, you can get more information about your options for graft material and get a unique plan for treatment that gives you a stronger jawbone. Contact us in Santa Ana, CA to schedule your appointment.