Bone Grafting in Houston, TX

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The strength of your jawbone is important to your total oral health. With a weakened jawbone from missing or infected teeth or physical trauma, you may require a bone graft so the jaw can accommodate dental implants. Introduced in the mid-80s, guided bone regeneration is a proven technique to regenerate bone before the placement of bridges or implants. Dr. Nicosia was one of the first periodontists to be trained to utilize this technique. There have been many revisions and additions to the procedure since then, through tissue engineering, making these procedures highly predictable. The most significant advancement has been using animal and human growth factors in the graft material, making bone grafts more viable.

At Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc., this surgery is performed to prepare your jaw for subsequent implant surgery to replace missing or weak teeth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicosia at his Houston, TX office to get more information about bone graft surgery.

A bone graft procedure performed by Dr. Nicosia in Houston, TX can dramatically improve your oral health with a number of great benefits, including:

  • Offers multiple treatment options
  • Allows you to get dental implants
  • Restores facial structure
  • Offers safe, effective, and predictable results
  • Helps preserve surrounding teeth and bone
  • Reduces risks for other oral health issues
  • Improves overall oral health
  • Provides a sturdy foundation to rebuild a strong, beautiful smile
  • Boosts confidence and self-image

You may have a weak jawbone if you have some oral conditions, like gum disease, or if you had a physical trauma to your face. The jawbone may begin to atrophy if a tooth was missing, and it was either untreated or replaced with a removable or cemented restoration instead of a dental implant. Bone graft surgery strengthens and prepares the jaw for a dental implant; however, you'll have to be willing to commit time to the process. Bone grafting can take months to heal, but you'll have a stronger jaw that will not only support your dental implant but also your natural teeth for better overall oral health.

The process of your bone graft procedure may vary on the source of the graft and the amount of grafting needed. During your consultative appointment, Dr. Nicosia will discuss your graft options and help you decide on the best plan. Bone grafting as a supplemental or prerequisite procedure is very common, especially if you've had a missing tooth for some time. Types of grafting include an autograft, which uses bone tissue from a patient's body, allograft, which uses bone harvested from another person, xenograft takes bone from an animal, and alloplasty uses a synthetic bone.

When your bone graft is ready, Dr. Nicosia will numb the needed areas and place an incision through the gum tissue to reach the jawbone. Your bone graft will be attached to the jawbone along with proteins and collagen that encourage the graft to attach and grow. The gums will be closed with sutures, and the area will be cleaned.

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How long does a bone graft procedure take?
A bone graft procedure typically lasts between 45 – 90 minutes. Our periodontal team at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. utilizes advanced bone grafting techniques to help provide the most favorable results for patients who have bone loss from periodontal disease or other factors.
Are bone grafts painful?
Dr. Nicosia and his Houston, TX team will take measures to help ensure that your bone grafting is as comfortable as possible. Bone grafting is generally performed under local anesthesia, which may be combined with sedation dentistry options for enhanced comfort. This means you should not feel pain during the procedure.
What should I eat after having a dental bone graft?
For the first day or two, you should try to stick to an all-liquid or soft foods diet. As you recover, you may introduce more foods back into your daily routine, but you should still stay away from any hard or crunchy foods for at least the next few days, if not longer. We also typically recommend chewing on the opposite side of the mouth for the next several weeks to enhance your healing response. Our team at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. will also provide comprehensive aftercare instructions following your dental bone graft.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.