Tooth extractions and advanced gum disease, can result in loss of bone structure in the part of your jaw that anchors your teeth. It’s not uncommon for a dentist to recommend a bone graft procedure before receiving a dental implant. The procedure restores enough structure to anchor the implant for a long time to come.
During the initial consultation your periodontist or oral surgeon will take some X-rays or perform a CT scan. This provides a clear picture of how much healthy bone is available in your jaw, and any other factors that could influence the procedure. Be sure you let them know about any medications you are taking or ongoing medical conditions.
The procedure is often performed on outpatient basis. Most people opt to be deeply sedated. This means you will need to arrange for someone to drive you and help you at home while you get back on your feet.
The grafted material can be taken from either your chin or a surgical grade cadaver. The surgeon then makes an incision in the gums and implants the bone graft in place. Your recovery time will vary depending on your age, overall health and quality aftercare. Using tobacco irritates gum tissues, increasing recovery time and risk of infection.
If you have questions about a bone graft procedure, please feel free to call us at 208.524.3400 to schedule an appointment.