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In many cases, severe tooth decay, periodontal disease or tooth extraction can result in a loss of bone tissues in your mouth. When this happens, there might not be sufficient bone structure remaining for a dental restoration, like a dental implant or locking dentures.

In a situation like this, Dr. Aaron Ercole might recommend a bone graft.

A bone graft in North Providence, Rhode Island, can often be installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home afterward.

You can often choose where you want the bone material sampled from. It could be taken from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Your dentist 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.

Your gums will heal and the bone graft will fuse with the surrounding tissues; however, the time required to do so will vary depending on your age, overall health, and quality aftercare. If you use tobacco, it will irritate the gum tissues, which increases recovery time and your risk of infection.

If you are contemplating a dental restoration and you’re concerned about the available bone structure in your mouth, you should call 401-353-1515 to schedule a consultation at Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C..