Gentle Care

Bone Grafting

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We provide gentle and compassionate care in a friendly environment. We always focus on evidence based diagnosis, patient education, and working with you to build a treatment plan that aligns with your oral health goals.


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We’re accepting new patients and can help with dental emergencies. Give us a call or send us an email to book an appointment.

Comprehensive Dentistry

We offer a full range of general, family, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry.

We’re Gentle

We always focus on gentle techniques and use advanced equipment to ensure your comfort.

Insurance & Fees

All of our services are priced competitively and many of our services are covered by popular insurance plans.

Bone Grafting Farmersville, TX | Van Alstyne, TX

Why is dental bone grafting done?

At Harvest Dental, we do bone grafting procedures to gain or preserve bone quantity. When bone grafting is done immediately after an extraction, it is called socket preservation, or alveolar ridge preservation (ARP). We perform this procedure because studies have shown that after a tooth is extracted, the surrounding bone will resorb (diminish) between 30-60% during the first six months of healing. If a socket preservation bone graft is done following an extraction, it greatly reduces the amount of bone that is lost. Preservation of your bone ridge allows us to place a dental implant, or provides a denture or partial a broader more a comfortable and supportive ridge. If you have had an extraction months or years ago you may notice how that area of your jaw caves in or has a divot. This is a case where a bone graft can be added to regain thickness of the bone ridge. This is called ridge augmentation. After a successful augmentation, an implant can often be placed, allowing a patient to gain a tooth where one has been missing for years.

What are the different types of bone grafts available?

There are four main types of grafting; Autografting, Allografting, Xenografting and Alloplastic grafting. Below, you will find a brief description of all four, although we only place allografts and xenografts.

Autografting describes the process of taking bone from another part of the patient’s body (usually the hip bone, or a section from the lower jaw) and inserting it into the mouth. This type of grafting has a high success rate as the graft material is already compatible with the implant site. I do not provide this type of graft because it is very painful, and very expensive.

This form of grafting uses donor bone from another person, in this case, a cadaver. It is highly successful because of its compatibility with the bone of the patient. Although this may sound unappealing, this bone material goes through many test, and sterilization procedures. This material is the number one choice of most physicians and dentists who place bone grafts, due to the high success rate and non-existent cross contamination from donor to recipient. This method is non-invasive (less painful) and it having the highest success rate of all graft types other than autografts.

In a xenograft, bone tissue taken from an animal as opposed to a human body. The success rate of this type of graft is not as high but still very good. The lower success rate is since this bone is from an animal and its less compatible than that from either the patient’s body or from another human being. We only use this grafting material if the patient insists on not having donor bone from a cadaver.

Alloplastic Grafting:
These are made from synthetic materials, usually calcium phosphate, which mimics natural bone. Over time these are resorbed into the body and as they encourage natural bone growth, the patient’s own bone tends to replace the grafted material. This grafting material is not designed to accommodate dental implants, and therefore I do not use it.

What are the steps in a bone grafting procedure?

  1. An extraction is performed, or an incision is made at the graft site.
  2. The graft site is prepared for the graft material in an appropriate fashion.
  3. Bone graft material is inserted (socket preservation) or placed onto (ridge augmentation) the site and covered with a protective barrier material or membrane.
  4. Gum tissue is sutured closed.

What is the healing time for the bone grafting procedure?

Healing time is usually 4-6 months. During this time, Our Dentists will check on the success of the bone graft by performing radiographs (x-rays) to examine the graft site and make sure that it is healing properly. Once the dentist is satisfied with the procedure, and the site is totally healed, your dentist will proceed to place your dental implant.

What are the risks of bone grafting?

The biggest risk of a bone graft is the possibility that it will fail. Although bone grafting is a common procedure, there are guidelines in picking a good candidate. A healthy and compliant dental patient greatly reduces the likelihood of bone graft failure. Failure of bone grafts depend on many factors, including the overall health of the patient, medications the patient is taking or may have taken, the health of the patient’s hard and soft tissue, and the patient’s home care. If a patient smokes the failure rate is 2.5 times greater than for a patient who does not smoke. As you can see, selecting a proper bone graft candidate greatly reduces the number of failures, and it’s the most important step in getting long-term results.

Despite selecting a proper bone graft patient, there are some complications that can arise after surgery. Infections can occur soon after a graft is placed, this can cause immediate failure. Patient compliance becomes a top priority after a graft is placed. Patients must follow through with pre-, and post-operative instructions, including taking their prescribed medications. A failed graft can be removed, and once the area has healed, it can be replaced with a new graft if the patient still desires an implant at that site.

You may learn more about bone grafting in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, by calling us at 469-812-7100 to schedule a visit with our dentists soon.

Ready to book an appointment?
– For the Farmersville location please call (469) 812-7100
– For the Van Alstyne location please call (903) 482-6339.

Insurance & Payments

We believe that high-quality dental care should accessible for everyone. All of our treatments are priced competitively and most treatments will be reimbursed partially or fully by your insurance provider. We also offer membership plans to ensure you get the highest quality care without breaking the bank! Please contact us if you have any questions or want to learn more about our pricing.


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What are my TMJ treatment options?

Over-the-counter medication: We may prescribe the medications to help to relieve the pain or swelling caused by the TMD. We may also suggest exploring lifestyle choices that contribute to relaxing the muscles and decrease instances of clenching or grinding teeth.

Nightguard: One of the most commonly recommended treatments for TMJ Disorder are custom-molded plastic night guards that fit over the lower or upper teeth. They are designed in such a way to prevent subconscious grinding which typically occurs at night. It can also contribute to an improvement in biting form over time and increase airflow at night.

Possible Dental Work: Depending on the case, there may be protruding teeth or crowns/bridges that are contributing to pain in the jaw. This will have to be determined in the office during consultation and testing. In very severe circumstances, we may recommend a surgery with an oral surgeon.

Orthodontic treatment: a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, could be contributing to your jaw pain. Crooked teeth or an irregular bite create traumatic forces which put strain on your jaw joints and cause tooth wear.

For those experiencing TMD and are seeking TMJ Treatment, contact our office for an initial consultation. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and get you on the right path to a life free of jaw pain.

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We promise to always put YOU first!

  • We promise to show you what we see with imaging, educate you on your options, and empower you to make the best decisions for yourself
  • We promise to not push unnecessary treatments on you
  • We promise to respect your time and do everything we can to see you within a few minutes of your appointment
  • We promise to be transparent about pricing and insurance coverage
  • We promise to constantly invest time and money into continuing education and equipment to ensure the highest quality of care
  • We promise to always be respectful, polite, and professional
  • We promise to take our time with you on patient education and treatments, we don’t want you to feel rushed
  • We promise to do everything we can to minimize pain and make you feel comfortable
  • We promise to keep our office environment clean, friendly, and up to date with technology
  • We promise to build a world class dental team. Many of our team members have been with us for over a decade!

Ready to book an appointment?
– For the Farmersville location please call (469) 812-7100
– For the Van Alstyne location please call (903) 482-6339.

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Our job is to show you what we see in your mouth, educate you on your options, and let you make the best decision for yourself. We never push unnecessary treatments and always give you options.

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The first step to better oral health is giving us a call to book an appointment.

Initial Visit

During your first visit we will take some X-Rays and give you a tour of your mouth with our intra oral cameras. Then, we’ll learn about your oral health goals and give you any applicable treatment options.

Next Visit

Once you know what is going on inside of your mouth, you make the treatment decisions that are best for you. We will never be pushy or recommend treatment that you don’t need.

Ready to book an appointment?
– For the Farmersville location please call (469) 812-7100
– For the Van Alstyne location please call (903) 482-6339.


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