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Periodontal disease, severe tooth decay or past extractions can often result in the loss of bone structure in specific areas of your mouth. This can make certain dental restoration options difficult. If you are interested in having one or more dental implants installed but you suffer from decreased bone structure, our surgeon, Dr. Greg Hueler & Dr. Noah Sandler, might refer you to an oral surgeon to have a bone graft.

At the initial consultation, our surgeon will perform a thorough examination of your jaw structure, which will likely include taking a series of X-rays or performing a CT scan. This will help determine how much bone structure is available and it will help our surgeon make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy.

Most bone grafts can be installed in a single outpatient 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. Our 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 for the bone graft to fuse with the surrounding tissues might vary depending on your age, overall health and quality aftercare. If you use tobacco, it will irritate the gum tissues, which increases recovery time and risk of infection.

If you are interested in learning more about bone grafts in Savage, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, please call Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 952-226-7940 to set up a consultation.