Severe fractures, multiple tooth extractions, advanced tooth decay and chronic gum disease can result in a loss of bone structure in parts of your jaw. This can lead to a wide variety of issues with the alignment of teeth in that area. It could also cause your denture or partial to have a poor fit, or even make it difficult to anchor a dental implant. When this happens, we might recommend bone graft surgery to restore the lost structure and make other treatment options available.
The initial consultation involves a thorough inspection of your mouth as well as a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This helps us to understand how much available bone structure is left and make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy. This is also a good time to let us know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking.
The grafted bone material can 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 material is set into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.
Your recovery time will 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 have questions about a bone graft procedure, please feel free to call us at 952-226-7940 to schedule an appointment.