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Strong bone structure in your jaw is important to maintaining the full function of your mouth and is crucial to certain restoration dentistry applications. This is especially true if you are interested in having a tooth restored with a dental implant.

During your initial consultation involves an oral surgeon will examine your mouth to assess the available bone structure. This usually involves taking series of X-rays or performing a CT scan.

A bone graft installation is an outpatient procedure that usually requires deep sedation. You will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you and help at home for a while until you’re back on your feet.

The bone material for the graft can be sampled from the sturdy bone in your chin. However, if you prefer, it can be taken from a surgical grade cadaver.

The procedure involves an oral surgeon making an incision in your gums to gain direct access to the pertinent area. The bone graft is inserted into place and the gums are sutured closed. Over time your body will naturally fuse the graft into your existing bone structure.

Your recovery time will vary depending on your age, overall health and quality of aftercare. Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which increases recovery time and risk of infection. If you use tobacco regularly, you should talk to your physician about a cessation program. Try to choose a program that doesn’t involve nicotine lozenges or gum.

If you are a candidate for restoration dentistry and you are concerned that you lack sufficient bone structure, you should call Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C.’s North Providence, Rhode Island clinic at 401-353-1515 to set up your initial consultation.