Bone Grafting Considerations
If you need bone grafting, you may have a lot of questions regarding the process. Here are some bone grafting considerations.
A lot of times today, patients are more frequently coming in and asking me, what is bone grafting? The reason for this is because dental treatments are becoming a much more popular method of treatment to replace missing teeth. I talk to them and I explain bone grafting is a surgical procedure, it’s an outpatient procedure. When they come in, it’s our ability to try and have the patient grow a little bit extra bone in an area that we might need to stabilize an implant, or in areas of aesthetics where we might need a little bit of extra bone and tissue to help our overall treatment plan with implants be a success.
Bone Grafting Considerations | Material
Usually when patients come in and they want to move forward with an implant procedure, or implant treatment, I tell them they might need a bone graft. Then I go in and explain the different types of bone grafts that might be used. Basically, in dentistry there’s two different types. There’s an autograft, which is using your own bone or the bone from the patient, which we really don’t do very often because it would require a second surgical site, and that usually creates a lot more trauma in the area and a lot more pain for the patient. What is more common is the allograft, or what we do is we use bone from a source, whether it be a cadaver, possibly a cow, possibly pigs. Depending on the situation that is involved, those will be the materials that will be used.
Bone Grafting Considerations | Treatment Costs
A patient came into the office the other day and they’re getting ready to move forward with their implant treatment, but I mentioned that a bone graft might be possible. I like to mention that ahead of time because there’s usually a little bit of an added cost with that procedure. Depending on how extensive the bone graft is going to be, can determine how much the bone graft is going to cost and the amount of materials that are going to be used. These are going to be individualized for specific treatments for the patient, which can also be discussed, but I would approximately give a range anywhere between $300 and $800.
Bone Grafting Considerations | Insurance
A lot of times insurance will cover multiple procedures related to implants. Sometimes they will cover bone grafting, sometimes they will not; it depends on the insurance. The best part in what we can do ahead of time, before any procedure, is we can usually get a pre-authorization from your insurance to find out whether that is going to be covered before we undertake any treatment.
Bone Grafting Considerations | Safety
Bone grafting is a very safe procedure. A lot of times, if we’re going to use the bone from the patient, it’s the safest because it’s coming directly from that patient. A lot of times we must outsource our bone from other sources, whether it be cadaver bone; porcine bone, which is pig bone; bovine bone, which is cow bone. All these sources, though, come from a tissue bank that are sterilized multiple times and are tested, and is very safe to use in surgical procedures.
If you have any questions about bone grafting, please call our Buffalo dental group today to get a free consultation!