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The bone structure in your jaw serves to anchor your teeth and provide structure to your gums. Unfortunately, problems with chronic gum disease, multiple tooth extractions, and advanced tooth decay can result in a reduction of healthy bone structure in critical parts of your jaw.

Many people looking to restore a lost or extracted tooth often have insufficient bone structure in the area to mount a dental implant. In a situation like this, Dr. Aaron Ercole often recommends that you have a bone graft procedure to restore sufficient structure.

Your first consultation session will involve a thorough inspection of your mouth as well as a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This helps us to understand how much available bone structure is left and make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy. This is also a good time for you to tell us about any medical conditions or medications you are taking.

A bone graft is usually an outpatient procedure where most people opt for deep sedation. This means you will need to have someone drive you and help at home while you get back on your feet.

The grafted bone material can be taken from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Your oral surgeon will then make an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new material is set into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time, your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.

If you have concerns about your jaw structure or questions regarding a bone graft procedure, you can all Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C. at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment.