Multiple extractions, injuries and advanced gum disease can result in a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth to your jaw. If you are interested in having a dental implant to replace a lost tooth your dentist might require a bone graft surgery performed in advance. The graft will insure that there is enough healthy bone to anchor the implant for years to come.
During the initial consultation your periodontist may need to take a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This helps them to get a clear picture of how much healthy bone is available. It can also help them identify any other factors that could impact the procedure. This is also a good time to let them know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking.
The bone material for the graft can be extracted from your chin or a cadaver sample. The bone can then be surgically implanted into your jaw. Once secured the gum tissues are sutured closed. 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.
Bone graft surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. In most cases it requires 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 402-317-5657 to schedule an appointment.