When performing a dental implant procedure, there might be cases where the patient will present bone loss. This bone loss is commonly caused by tooth loss and gum disease.
When there’s a missing tooth, the alveolar bone, which is the bone that holds the tooth’s root, stops receiving the stimulation it needs from activities such as chewing and biting and starts deteriorating.
This issue makes implant placement difficult as there is not enough bone to support them. In situations like this, the only way to place the implants is to first perform a bone graft.
What is a dental bone graft?
A dental bone graft is an additional procedure that is only performed when the patient has not enough jawbone for dental implants. This procedure helps the process of new bone formation and adds volume and density to it.
This procedure is possible due to the ability of bone tissue to regenerate if it has the space to grow.
When there’s only minimal grafting necessary, the procedure can be done on the same day of implant placement. If extensive bone grafting is needed, the procedure has to be performed at least four months before the implant placement surgery so the patient can heal properly.
How dental bone graft is done
During a bone graft, the missing bone can be replaced with bone from the patient’s own body, from another natural source, or sometimes a synthetic material is used.
After providing anesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision at the graft site, to have access to the bone underneath.
Then, the grafting material will be added. Your body will absorb it and be replaced by new bone.
When the material is in place, your surgeon will secure it with a dissolvable adhesive material or a membrane. At the end of the procedure, the gum tissue will be sutured.
Types of dental bone grafts procedures
Depending on the patient’s situation, one of the following types of dental bone graft procedures will be performed:
Block Bone Graft
A block bone graft, considered a major graft, is done when there’s a large portion of bone missing. It involves placing a small block of bone into the implant placement site and securing it with tiny screws.
It is not a long procedure, but the patient has to wait approximately four months for it to heal before getting their implants placed.
Also known as ridge preservation, this technique is performed right after a tooth extraction to prevent the sides of the socket from caving in, and jaw deformities; it preserves the socket’s width and height.
This procedure can improve a smile’s appearance and increase the chances of success for dental implants.
Sinus LiftA sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is the procedure where the sinus floor is raised to make space for new bone so that dental implants can be placed.
Maxillary sinuses are air-filled cavities located above the upper jaw. When there’s not enough bone in the upper jaw, the implant can’t anchor properly and won’t be able to perform demanding efforts, like chewing.
How is a Sinus Lift done?
Commonly, after providing anesthesia, a sinus lift begins with an incision in the gum to expose the bone. Then, the surgeon will cut a small area of the bone and lift it into the sinus cavity.
After lifting the area, the surgeon will add the bone graft material. To finish, the incisions will be sutured.
This procedure can take from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on how complex it will be. The jawbone will develop for around 4 to 12 months before the implants are placed, although there might be cases where the dental implants will be placed after the sinus lift procedure is done.
How much do a sinus lift and bone graft cost?
In the U.S., the dental bone graft cost can go up to 1,200 USD; if the grafting material is gathered from the patient’s own body it can end up costing more, the sinus lift procedure in the United States can cost up to 5,000 USD.
In Mexico, patients can have the same top-quality work as in the United States, for a more affordable price.
Here, at Sani Dental Group you can get a bone graft at a starting price of 420 USD and a sinus lift starting at 700 USD.
In addition to having some of the best prices for dental work, all of our dental procedures have up to a 5-year full warranty.
Sinus Lift and Bone Graft at Sani Dental Group
With more than 30 years of experience, here at Sani Dental Group, we work hard to keep bringing the best quality dentistry and dental care to our patients.
We have a highly professional team of dentists specialized in different fields of dentistry, who have wide experience in serving foreign patients and who are always improving their abilities to give you the best dental work.
You can get the smile you’ve always wanted at an affordable price and with the same high-quality service as back home! We also offer the best deals and financing options to make your experience easier and more comfortable.
If you’re interested in this procedure you can fill out a quick form to get a free quote and give us a call at (928) 257-1307 or schedule your appointment online in any of our locations.
FAQ Bone Graft/ Sinus Lift
1. How long do these procedures take?
A bone graft procedure usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes.
It will depend on the amount of bone to be grafted and whether other dental procedures, such as extractions, need to be performed.
A sinus lift procedure usually takes from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
2. How long do I have to wait for my bone graft to heal?
The bone graft has to heal for a minimum of 4-6 months before the implant is set.
3. What’s the healing period for a sinus lift?
A sinus lift has to heal for a minimum of 6 months before placing the dental implant.
4. Are these procedures painful?
Thanks to anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the procedures.
5. What to expect after surgery?
After a bone graft surgery, swelling is normal. You can apply an ice bag continuously for the first two days. Bleeding is also normal the first 24 hours.
It is important to avoid hot drinks and foods. Physical activity has to be very light to prevent bleeding.
For sinus lift patients may experience swelling in the area of the surgery, but it’s normal. Nose and mouth bleeding can be present too.
It’s important to avoid blowing your nose with force or sneezing because this can open the stitches. Your dentist may also give you medication to avoid infection.