In many cases when a tooth is lost, it also compromises the health or integrity of the surrounding bone tissues. This can make it difficult to successfully replace the tooth with a dental restoration like a dental implant. To address an issue like this, your dentist, Dr. Daniel Cannon, can install a bone graft. This additional bone tissue that is inserted directly into the compromised area of your mouth will provide the sufficient structure to securely anchor a dental implant.
At the initial consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your jaw structure, which will likely include taking a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will determine the amount of available bone structure and will help your dentist make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy.
A bone graft in Tulsa, Oklahoma, can often be installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be sedated. This means you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.
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.
The amount of time needed for your gums to heal and the bone graft to fuse with the surrounding tissues might vary depending on your age, overall health, and quality aftercare. It’s important to note that tobacco use greatly increases the chances of infection and will most likely increase recovery time.
If you’re interested in a dental implant restoration, you should call 918.743.1351 to schedule a consultation appointment at Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.