There are a number of things that can lead to a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth to your jaw. When a tooth is extracted it often takes some bone structure with it. The same is true of teeth that were lost due to advanced gum disease. In a case like this your dentist might recommend a bone graft before having a dental implant or simply to regain functional structure in your jaw to help fit a pair of dentures.
At the initial consultation the periodontist or oral surgeon might want to take X-rays or a CT scan. This will help them to get a better idea of the amount of healthy bone available and any other factors related to the surgery, such as the grafts location to your sinuses.
The bone from the graft is usually taken from your chin or a cadaver sample. The bone is then surgically implanted into your jaw and the gum tissues are sutured. Healing time varies based on a number of factors. Your oral surgeon can give you a better idea of just how much time it will take for total fusion.
The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. If the oral surgeon recommends deep sedation you will need to arrange for someone to drive you. It’s also a good idea to arrange for someone to help you out at home for a few days while you are getting back on your feet.
If you have questions about dental implants and bone grafts please feel free to call us at 952-226-7940 to schedule an appointment.