Strong, healthy bone structure in your mouth promotes good oral health. It is also critical for certain types of restorative dentistry. Without sufficient bone structure, a dental implant cannot be secured in place to restore a missing tooth.
In a case like this, Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery’s dental team might recommend that you receive a bone graft to restore the full integrity of your mouth. This is more likely to be the case if you had a tooth extracted, or you’ve struggled with chronic gum disease in the past.
The process starts with an oral surgeon examining your mouth and taking a series of X-rays. This provides a clear picture of how much available bone structure remains and the health of the surrounding teeth. At this appointment, you should also let them know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking.
A bone graft can be installed on an outpatient basis, requiring deep sedation. This means you will need to have someone drive you and help at home until you have fully regained your senses.
The grafted bone material the oral surgeon uses can be taken from your chin or a surgical grade cadaver. They will then make an incision in your gums to access the underlying bone. The graft is set into place and your gums are sutured closed. In time the bone graft will naturally integrate into your existing bone structure.
If you are concerned about the bone structure in your mouth, or you are a candidate for restorative dentistry, you should call Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery’s clinic in Dallas, Texas at 214-691-0101 to schedule an appointment.