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How Much Does a Dental Bone Graft Cost?

 
average costSimple Graft: $200-$1,200high costComplex Graft Using Patient's Own Bone: $2,000-$3,000+
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Bone needs stimulation to remain healthy. When a tooth is missing, the supporting "bridge" bone that once surrounded the tooth will deteriorate as it is slowly absorbed by the body. Because dental implants fuse to bone they must have sufficient bone to hold them in place. A bone graft (also called regenerative surgery) may be needed to reinforce the jawbone before implant surgery.

Typical costs:

  • A simple graft using sterilized bone from cadavers or cows or synthetic bone can cost $200-$1,200 for a single implant area.
  • A bone graft using the patient's own bone (typically from the chin, back of the lower jaw, hip or shin) will mean two surgical sites on the patient's body and generally requires hospitalization, an orthopedic surgeon and an anesthesiologist. This typically costs $2,000-$3,000 or more.
  • If needed as part of a dental implant, the cost of a bone graft is generally included in the quoted price for the implant. Dental insurance typically does not cover the cost of implants, but may pay some of the cost of a bone graft if it is deemed to be medically necessary. If the bone loss was caused by accident, injury or a non-dental medical condition, the bone graft will typically be covered by a general health insurance policy. And if the patient's ability to eat is severely compromised by the bone loss and cannot be fixed by other options like dentures, both dental and general health insurance policies may cover the grafting costs.
Related articles: Dental Implants, Dental X-Rays, CT Scan, Dental Work

What should be included:
  • For a simple bone graft a periodontist (gum specialist) or an oral surgeon will typically numb the area (sedation can be used but isn't common); separate the gums from the teeth to reach the roots and bone; thoroughly clean the area; fill the holes in the bone with the grafting material; and then cover the graft with a physical barrier. A California dental group illustrates the bone grafting process[1] .
  • To allow time for healing and regrowth, a bone graft is typically done three to six months before dental implant surgery. However, depending on the extent of the problem and the healing process, it can be up to a year or more before the jawbone is ready for implant surgery. The Mayo Clinic describes bone grafting[2] as part of the dental implant process.
Additional costs:
  • Panoramic or full-mouth X-Rays ($60-$250) will be required before the grafting procedure, or possibly a CT scan ($250-$1,000 or more). Ask if these are included in the quoted price, or if there will be any additional fees for these or any other services.
Discounts:
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research lists tips for finding low-cost dental care[3] .
  • Dental school clinics[4] offer reduced rates for services by supervised students or faculty.
Shopping for a dental bone graft:
  • If the patient has dental insurance, the insurance company will provide a list of approved dentists, periodontists and oral surgeons. Or, search for local members of the American Dental Association[5] , the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry[6] , the American Academy of Periodontology[7] or the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons[8] .
  • WedMD lists factors to consider when choosing a dentist[9] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Extraction & Bone graft
Amount: $4,200.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: denydisco3 in Los Alamitos, CA.Posted: October 10th, 2018 07:10AM
Type of Graft: BoneDentist/Periodontist: Mehta Dental
12 teeth (upper) extracted. Felt pain of every tooth being pulled. Worse Dental experience ever. Had Novocain and Laughing gas. Told dentists I was in pain and she just kept shooting more Novocain into my gums. Told a total of 5 hours.
I hate dentist and dental insurance. Had a great Dentist for 10 years until insurance took him from the Network! Total cost for 8 bone Graft, 12 extractions, temp dentures, X-rays =$10,500
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2 complex extractions & bone craft for future implants
Amount: $530.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Steph711 in Chicago, IL.Posted: February 13th, 2018 08:02PM
Type of Graft: D7953Dentist/Periodontist: Periodontist/Implant Specialist
I needed 2 extractions and told him I want implants to replace the missing teeth. He has great reviews and spoke to a couple of patients in the waiting area and they were all satisfied with their work. I don't have dental insurance and paying cash.
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3 Wisdom Teeth and Bone Graft
Amount: $910.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Christian Nicely in San DIego, CA.Posted: September 22nd, 2017 10:09PM
Type of Graft: CowDentist/Periodontist: Fred W. Hammond
Wife had CRT day before for $10 (friend paid out of pocket $250 out of pocket at same clinic). We've know that she needed to have her wisdom teeth removed. Our insurance covers up to $2K for procedures every year. While there doctor determined that less then 1 mm of bone on lower jaw from wisdom tooth coming in sideways. Was told that if that pocket not filled in then a possibility exists that at sometime her other tooth next to it could be compromised at some point down the road.
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Bone grafts and waiting three months for dental implants
Amount: $5,800.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Grace11 in PORTLAND, OR.Posted: June 8th, 2017 10:06PM
Type of Graft: Granulated bone powderDentist/Periodontist: DR. D S.
The choices seem to be denture appliance or if you have money you can get a bone graft, and implants if you want no metal in your mouth then choose, Zirconium with is porcelain implant with porcelain screws. I had five bone grafts cost 5800and will get five implants the city dentist gave me an estimate of 45000 crazy. We are going to go the medical tourism route find a reputable dentist outside the country that is educated in U.S and their are a few, and we are going to fly and have it done, take a vacation and enjoy the money we saved. One day struck up a conversation with phlebotomist and she had gone to some denture place and the doctor there did her bone graft and her dental implants of course they had metal in it, and it was really inexpensive, but she did not get the first rate place like we did so that matters to me , but her face was really swollen I was stunned she was not at home resting, she was glad it was finally over and that the dental thing was affordable.
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Bone Grafting-not covered-Fosamax
Amount: $4,000.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Susan Davis in Waldorf, VA.Posted: May 7th, 2017 12:05PM
Type of Graft: BoneDentist/Periodontist: Periodontist
As a result of taking the drug Fosamax for 5 years ending in 2010, my teeth and jawbone have deteriorated dramatically in many ways-most recently front lower jaw became too narrow to support teeth. 4 teeth pulled, grafting to make jaw wider - grafts were not covered at all. Total Cost for procedure was almost $11,000. Note that Fosamax was found to have caused bone loss - especially mandible and thigh bones, and that the effects continue more than 10 years after ceasing taking the drug.
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Dental Bone Graft
Amount: $10,000.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: David Kasten in Milwaukee, WI.Posted: May 5th, 2017 05:05AM
Type of Graft: Upper Bu SinusDentist/Periodontist: --Terrible never again -
I was looking at a surgery cost of $4,000 - 6,000.
He wanted $10,000. The way I feel that was way over the cost. Where the Bone was suppose to go was on the top by my Sinus (left & right). The bone was very thin, so for them to Screw in, they needed to have it thicker. I wish I could show you the X-Ray, but I don't have it. If you have any questions, please contact me. I'm 70 years old and I need Top and Bottom, "Screw in Teeth".
Thanks for your help
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Four extractions plus bone graft
Amount: $2,170.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Adilene in Napa, CA.Posted: March 9th, 2017 12:03PM
Type of Graft: BoneDentist/Periodontist: Unlimited Smiles
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Two Extractions & 2 Bone Grafts
Amount: $780.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Flgrl75 in Mesquite, TX.Posted: November 1st, 2016 11:11PM
I have two teeth that need to come out asap. The future plan is partials so which is a $5k quote.
I'm missing so many teeth Already yet never had a bone graft. However I see that it's necessary at this point. I think it's a very fair price. Cash price. It would've been triple otherwise. I go in this week to have this done.
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Extraction and Bone graft
Amount: $2,700.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: MelD in New York, NY.Posted: October 18th, 2016 10:10PM
Type of Graft: Don't knowDentist/Periodontist: Periodontist
Tooth broke. Periodontist told me it had to be extacted. Which he did. I was charged $2700 for the extraction and a bone graft which was not mentioned in advance. Seems like a lot. The whole thing didn't take more than 20 minutes.
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Bone graft for extraction of a failed root canaled tooth
Amount: $500.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: CARRIE S in Oceanside, CA.Posted: October 5th, 2016 07:10AM
Type of Graft: BoneDentist/Periodontist: Jessica Hackman at Bright Now Dental
This better be necessary. I didnt really like the story one of the dental assistants gave me about how that tooth has long roots and its close to some major nerve that could render the left side of my face paralyzed by the oral surgeon if not grafted. All the while pointing to the full mouth xray that was xeroxed onto a sheet of paper and not clear at all. In fact it was double imaged and overlapping and blurry
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Bone graft
Amount: $900.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Erica calvillo in Pomona, CA.Posted: August 9th, 2016 10:08PM
Type of Graft: MolarDentist/Periodontist: Periodontist
I got good deal each bone graft are$900 got 50% discount $450 each I need it for future molar implants, a n I got 3 molar extractions covered by my insurance, and the doctor really good no pain . And you can apply with them for dental credit n make monthly payments
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Bone graft
Amount: $425.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Jodi4321 in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: June 3rd, 2016 01:06AM
Type of Graft: BoneDentist/Periodontist: Dentist/Oral Surgeon
Had to have a molar extracted. It had a crown. My gums had receded, exposing some of the root. Got a cavity on the root. Some pain. My general dentist said the X-ray showed infection in the root area. He filled the cavity. Returned to dentist a month later. Dentist recommended extraction due to infection. Oral surgeon did extraction (covered by insurance) and bone graft (not covered). He said bone graft needed to be done at same time as extraction. It was necessary to support implant or dentures. Charged me $425 (Care Credit). Paperwork says actual charge is $1113 and I got a discount of $688. I am a Medi-Cal patient with state covered insurance through Liberty Dental. Not sure I trust anyone in this process, but I am grateful for the benefits I receive.
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Bone Graft and Implant
Amount: $15,000.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Camille Edmonds in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: May 23rd, 2016 07:05PM
Type of Graft: BoneDentist/Periodontist: Smile Comfort Dental
Dentist gave an estimate for bone graft and implant
extraction 15000 and told me insurance will not cover nothing, I called insurance company, they told me they will partially pay for the extraction and x-rays, Dentist was a lier
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Bone Graft
Amount: $545.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: patientsr in South Bend, IN.Posted: March 31st, 2016 05:03AM
Type of Graft: syntheticDentist/Periodontist: Dr. Paul Sergio
Bone Graft cost $545 and is not covered by insurance. The office visit was $119 plus I had a molar extracted (#15) and that was $345 covered 50% by insurance. The Periodontist was very thorough, explained the procedure well and I was confident I was in good hands.
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Bone graft on #3 after extraction of root canal treated tooth
Amount: $907.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: 4th implant in Sunnyvale, CA.Posted: January 20th, 2016 02:01PM
Type of Graft: dont knowDentist/Periodontist: Oral surgeon/DDS-MD
I went in for an extraction and asked for an implantation at the same time. Apparently the root was infected so a graft was placed while it healed. The surgeon charged $900 for just the graft material. After the procedure I asked around and found out that the graft material costs $200 tops. This man made a 400% profit on the graft material.
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dental bone graft
Amount: $600.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: it's graft all right in Huntington, NY.Posted: December 10th, 2015 08:12AM
Type of Graft: cadaver or other, not my ownDentist/Periodontist: oral surgeon
Insurance and OS both said 100% coverage of extraction.
But what no one tells you is that doesn't include bone graft which nearly every extraction requires in order implant at a later date.
The material cost is about $25-100/cc. Nice markup and wide range of cost and billing. Wow!
Dis-graceful!
no wonder the office is all granite and the cars are Maseratis. Greed is good!
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Tooth extraction and bone graft
Amount: $1,015.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Albert Billingsley in Lynwood, CA.Posted: September 3rd, 2015 11:09AM
Type of Graft: Upper molarDentist/Periodontist: Smile West
I thought I was paying to much for the service. And they didn't let me know I needed bone graft until they had removed my tooth, so that is why I thought they just gave me a high price.
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Bone Graft
Amount: $500.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: DentistAreCrooks in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: June 16th, 2015 10:06AM
Type of Graft: Dentist/Periodontist: Mason,Oh
I just had one teeth extraction and bone graft got a bill $2000, insurance paid $1000 and and $500 out of pocket, $500 discounted by insurance company. I had 12 implants 2 years ago in Chicago, everthing include 2300 each(extraction, bone graft,implant and crown). This dentist wants to do implant for me, no way, I would rather drive 5 hours to have it done in Chicago.
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Lies, Surgery not fixed problem caused by first dentist 3-2015 (not listed below)
Amount: $3,200.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: kittyrobb in Oceanside, CA.Posted: March 9th, 2015 10:03AM
Type of Graft: 2 Bone grafts with gel coverDentist/Periodontist: Dr. Izadi and Dr. Yun
Crown/Bridge fell out. Went to College Dental. One Crown, One tooth removed #3 due to infection & damage. I paid the extra for general, as required $299, I was awake & scared the whole time. I mentioned to nurse after, she just said, weird. After looking at xrays after proves he never should have removed. More then half of the tooth was in sinus cavity. Sinus perforation (sinus communication)occurred in two places. Pain, Migraines, liquids, Air & food went back and forth. Dr. Yun said I needed a bone graft with gel cover. Costing over $3000. I said I have insurance. He ran it through insurance and said it was not covered. I asked him 5 times to try again with different methods. He said I could just leave & continue with the pain & connection. After surgery, I reviewed our insurance, & there are MANY ways he could have done the surgery that were covered, for less the $300. The week I went for my follow up, WOKE WITH CONNECTION AGAIN. He stated, it would heal in time, it is now larger.
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Whole mouth Bone graft
Amount: $75,000.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Ann Wilson in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: January 20th, 2015 11:01AM
Type of Graft: Gum bone graftDentist/Periodontist:
I have only 12 eeth left in my mouth. Have been told ALL are loose. 4 I can feel that are ready to fall out. Upper gums are now at the roof of my mouh and bottom gums have receeded also to next to nothing. Was told it would cost me $75,000 to have my mouth back to normal. I don't have thiis kind of money. Is this true on the cost?
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Bone Graft
Amount: $590.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Phil.L. in Rochester, NY.Posted: January 14th, 2015 12:01PM
Type of Graft: Partial cadaverDentist/Periodontist: Robert Calcagno
My dentist extracted two teeth, upper wisdom and adjacent molar, and I had one bone graft. the graft was not covered by insurance, and I paid out of pocket $590.00. Looks like this was a fair and reasonable cost. The extractions were $310.00 each, and were partially covered by insurance.
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  2.  www.mayoclinic.org/dental-implant-surgery/types.html
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  4.  www.ada.org/267.aspx
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