The bone structure in your jaw serves to anchor your teeth and provide structure to your gums. Unfortunately, problems with chronic gum disease, multiple tooth extractions, and advanced tooth decay can result in a reduction of healthy bone structure in critical parts of your jaw.
Many people looking to restore a lost or extracted tooth often have insufficient bone structure in the area to mount a dental implant. In a situation like this, our surgeons can perform a bone graft procedure to restore the sufficient structure of your jaw.
At your initial appointment, we will examine your mouth and jaw to assess the available bone structure. This usually involves taking series of X-rays or performing a CT scan. Be sure to let us know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking.
To begin the procedure, an incision is made in your gums to gain access to your bone structure of your jaw. The bone graft is inserted into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time your body will naturally fuse the graft into your existing bone structure.
Your personal recovery time will vary depending on your age, overall health, and quality of aftercare. If you use tobacco it will irritate the gum tissues, which increases recovery time and risk of infection. If you use tobacco regularly, you should talk to your physician about a cessation program.
If you have concerns about your available jaw structure, or you have questions about a bone graft procedure, please call Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 952-226-7940 to set up a consultation.