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When a tooth is lost, whether it’s from severe decay, damage or extraction, it often results in a loss of bone tissue in the surrounding area. This is even more likely to be the case if there was some form of oral trauma involved, like a blow to the face. When this happens, there might not be sufficient bone structure remaining in that part of your jaw for a restoration, such as a dental implant.

To remedy an issue like this, your oral surgeon, Drs. Greg Hueler & Dr. Noah Sandler, can install a bone graft. This is a minimally invasive treatment that involves making an incision in the gums and installing a small sample of bone tissue. The bone can be taken either from an area around your chin or from a sterile surgical grade cadaver.

Once the grafted material has been seated into position, your oral surgeon will suture the gums. Over time, the bone graft will gradually fuse to the surrounding bone tissues, thus restoring the full structure of your jaw.

While your gums are healing, you should try to stick to a soft-foods diet and avoid drinking through a straw. The suction could potentially open the incision. It’s also a good idea to abstain from tobacco use as this will irritate sensitive gum tissues, increasing recovery time and potentially causing an infection.

If you are contemplating a dental restoration and you’re concerned about the available bone structure, you should call 952-226-7940 to schedule a consultation at Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery regarding a bone graft in Savage, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota.