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There are many reasons why you might need a bone graft. A weak jaw, gum disease, misaligned bite, and preparation for dental implants are just some of these reasons. Here are some introductory FAQs:

What exactly is a jawbone graft?

A jawbone graft is a type of oral surgery in which a portion of bone is grafted onto the patient’s jawbone so as to improve its strength.

Where does the bone come from?

If we can splice a small piece of bone taken from another part of your body, your jawbone will be able to integrate with the grafted bone tissue the most easily. However, depending on your circumstances, we can also use artificial bone or bone from a tissue bank.

How long can I wait before my dental implant?

If you are receiving a bone graft to prepare for dental implant, it’s understandable that you want to know how long the entire process will take. The answer is that it depends. Major grafts may need a few months for the jawbone to integrate with the new tissue. For a minor graft, however, you might be able to get the dental implant on the same day or shortly after your bone graft. Dr. Aaron Ercole can give you an estimate that best fits your circumstances.

Would you like to inquire further about a bone graft? Call Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C. in North Providence, Rhode Island at 401-353-1515 and we will do everything possible to help you feel prepared and comfortable for these exciting new changes in your life.