The bone structure that anchors your teeth to your jaw can sometimes be depleted by advanced periodontal disease, tooth extractions, or advanced tooth decay. This can lead to a wide variety of issues. It could also cause a partial or denture to fit poorly, or make it difficult to anchor a dental implant.
If you lack sufficient bone structure in your jaw to effectively mount an implant or securely fit a pair of dentures Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery might recommend a bone graft procedure. The procedure is designed to specifically restore the lost structure and make other treatment options, such as a dental implant, possible.
The bone graft process begins with a thorough examination of your mouth to assess the available bone structure and the overall health of your mouth. Make sure to let them know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking.
A bone graft procedure is often performed when you are be deeply sedated. So you will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help at home while you get back on your feet.
You can choose to have the bone material for the graft can be taken from your chin or a surgical grade cadaver. An incision will then be made in your gums to expose the jawbone. The bone graft is then set into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time your body will naturally fused the graft into your existing bone structure.
How long it takes for your gums to heal and your body to integrate the bone graft will vary depending on your age, overall health and quality of aftercare.
If you have questions about a bone graft procedure, please call Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 918.743.1351 to schedule an appointment.