In many cases where a tooth is missing, the trauma or extraction can result in the loss of bone tissue in the area. This is even more likely to be the case if you’ve struggled with chronic gum disease. At the same time, certain dental restorations, like dental implants or locking dentures, are dependent on strong and healthy bone structure. To remedy an issue like this, your dentist, Dr. Todd A. Williams, might recommend having a bone graft installed into that area of your mouth.
At the initial consultation, they will perform a thorough examination of your jaw structure, which will likely include taking a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will help determine how much bone structure is available and help examine the health of the surrounding teeth.
Most bone grafts can be installed in a single outpatient appointment. Most people choose to be fully sedated for their own comfort. This means you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.
You can often choose where you want the bone material sampled from. It could be taken from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. The surgeon will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new bone will be set into place and the gums will be sutured closed. In time, your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.
The amount of time needed for recovery might vary depending on your age, overall health and quality aftercare. It’s important to note that tobacco use greatly increases the chances of infection and will most likely increase recovery time.
If you’re contemplating a dental restoration and you’re concerned about the bone structure in your mouth, you can always call Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery at 214-691-0101 to schedule an appointment.