Certain Dental Restorations May Require a Bone Graft

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The art and science of dental restorations encompasses several factors. Not the least of which is supplying sufficient bone structure in the underlying jawbone. Many dental restorations, especially dental implants, need enough bone matter so the abutment can anchor.

Any dental restoration process starts with Dr. Daniel Cannon examining your mouth to assess your overall oral health and the available structure. If a dental avulsion, tooth extraction, tooth decay or periodontal disease have compromised bone tissues in the treatment area, he might recommend a bone graft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This is a minimally invasive oral surgery that can often be performed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be sedated. There will still be some postoperative sedative effects so you’ll need to arrange for a ride home after the bone graft.

The bone graft material can be sampled directly from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. The surgeon 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. Tobacco users have an especially high risk of complication and infection. It’s best to embrace a cessation program before and throughout the recovery process.

If you are contemplating a dental restoration, you should call 918-743-1351 to schedule a consultation at Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.