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Bone Grafting in Colorado Springs, CO

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Overview

If you have advanced periodontal disease, gaps in your smile from not replacing a missing tooth, or an injury that damaged your facial bone structure, you may benefit from bone grafting. Our board-certified or board-eligible oral surgeons at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South offer bone grafting for any patient who needs to strengthen their facial bones. Most of our patients come in for a consultation after a visit from a referring dentist who recommends dental implants. We also see patients who need reconstructive surgery after an injury to the bones in the face. Deficits in your facial bone structure can distort the look of your facial shape, especially if it is only on one side. The contours may be uneven and may sink in to give you a gaunt appearance. Our team at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South can review your condition and make recommendations in your best interest. With or without a referral, our oral surgeons can consult with you in a private meeting to see what the next steps should be in treating your bone loss.

Best Candidates

Men, women, and children who need to have a facial bone graft at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South may exhibit the following:

  • Advanced periodontitis or active gum disease
  • Bone loss, fracture, and more from a maxillofacial trauma
  • Dental restorations (crowns, bridges, and full or partial dentures) that do not support an environment for maintaining bone health
  • Gaps in the smile from missing teeth that deteriorated the bone and facial structure

You or your child can come in for an evaluation with or without a referral from another dental or medical professional.

What To Expect

At your consultation at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South, we will first evaluate your facial structure with our low-dose i-CAT™ 3D cone beam scans. We may also take photographs, digital x-rays, digital impressions, and more based on your presenting needs. One of our oral surgeons will meet with you (and your child) in a private treatment room to discuss health-based questions about any recent illnesses, your current level of health and diagnoses, allergies, family medical history, and any previous surgery experiences. He will perform a physical exam on the concerning area. With your approval, we may also contact your primary care physician or dentist for any medical records that are pertinent to your case for surgery. If no other testing is needed, your treatment planning session can begin. There are many types of bone tissues to choose from, such as:

Allografts
Allografts use bone tissue from a human donor source to rebuild the structure of the missing bone.

Alloplasts
Alloplasts replicate bone tissue with a synthetic tissue for a bone graft that is biocompatible for bone grafting.

Autografts
An autograft is accomplished by transplanting your own bone tissue to your treatment site. Our oral surgeons can acquire autografts from the chin, hip, or shin.

Xenograft
Xenografts are donated bone tissue from a non-human source. Many xenografts are harvested from an animal, like a cow.

We will also help you select:

  • The location of your surgery (our office or in a hospital setting)
  • The surgical approach
  • The type of graft or source tissue to be used
  • The type of sedation and anesthesia techniques

If you are eligible to have a dental implant placed as well, we will discuss the pros and cons of combining these procedures. Your oral surgeon will explain the process of bone grafting to you at length before you make the final decision.

On the day of surgery, you will first be prepped for surgery and numbed with local anesthesia injections. Depending on the type of sedation (intravenous or inhalation), we will give you the necessary dosages to keep you comfortable throughout the surgery. When it is time to make the incision, your oral surgeon will make the cut inside of your mouth and into your gums to access your jawbone. Every patient will have their own surgical strategy put in place, and your oral surgeon may use one or several different approaches to your bone graft to get the optimal outcome you need for healing. Once the surgery is complete, the gum will be sutured closed.

Recovery

A successful bone graft will fuse the graft material within the jawbone to create a supportive, solid base for an implant or will shape the bone for a better facial contour. How you care for your bone grafting site during your recovery time is crucial to your bone health. We will gladly give you at-home instructions on how to manage your oral health with a bone graft. Of course, we want you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth (just be careful around the surgical site). If you are prescribed an antibiotic, please take all of the medication as directed. When concerns or questions come up between appointments, please call our office if you need assistance.

We will have you back in for a follow-up appointment to document how well your bone graft is coming along in the process. Your new bone graft will take several months to become one with your own jawbone. We believe the final result will be worth all of the time and investment.

Insurance Coverage

While you may have a listing of covered benefits from your dental provider, our billing coordinators can help you navigate what is and is not covered by your plan. If deemed a medical necessity, your insurance may cover a certain percentage of the costs. In the event that you will be responsible for part of the bill, we have multiple payment options. If you would like information on low-interest financing, we can go over an application process for CareCredit®.

Build up your Bone at CSOAFS

Recreating a strong foundation for dental implants and renewed facial contours can be accomplished with a specialized bone grafting surgery at our practice. We have five highly educated and experienced oral surgeons ready to take on your bone loss issues at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South. With state-of-the-art technologies to evaluate your condition and assess your progress post-op, our Colorado Springs, CO facility can be your go-to practice for bone grafting surgery.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.