Advanced gum disease, severe tooth decay and fractures that require multiple extractions can result in a loss material in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth. In some cases there simply isn’t enough healthy bone material available to anchor a dental implant. When this happens a dentist will often recommend bone graft surgery to restore structure in your jaw.
At the initial appointment the periodontist or oral surgeon will take some X-rays or a performs a CT scan to get a better understanding of just how much healthy bone is available. This is also a good time to let them know about any medications you are taking or other medical conditions.
Bone graft surgery is an outpatient procedure that often calls for deep sedation. So you will need to arrange for someone to drive you and help you at home until you are back on your feet.
The bone material for the graft can be extracted from your chin or if you prefer a cadaver sample. The surgeon then makes an incision in the gums and implants the bone graft in place. The recovery time varies depending on age, overall health and how well you take care of the gum tissues afterward.
If you have questions about a bone graft procedure, please feel free to call us at 804-737-4444 to schedule an appointment.