There are several different things that can cause a loss of bone material in your jaw. Advanced periodontitis, fractures that require extraction and severe tooth decay can compromise your dentist’s ability to anchor an abutment or crown. In a situation like this your dentist might recommend that you have a bone graft surgical procedure to restore structure in your jaw. This is a common step before someone receives a dental implant.
During the initial consultation the oral surgeon usually takes a series of X-rays or a performs a CT scan. This gives them a clear picture of how much healthy bone is available or any other structural issues there might be in your jaw. This is also a good time to let them know about any medications you are taking or other medical conditions.
The Bone graft procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort. This means 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 a cadaver sample. The bone can then be surgically implanted into your jaw. The recovery time varies depending on age and overall health.
If you have questions about a bone graft procedure, please feel free to call us at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment.