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The bones in your mouth are essential for anchoring your teeth into their sockets. They also play a critical role in dental restorations involving dental implants. In some cases, the bone structure is lost when a tooth is extracted or lost. To compensate for this, your dentist, Dr. Michael Shnayder, might recommend a bone graft.

Your first consultation appointment involves a thorough examination of the area, which might also include taking a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will clearly determine how much bone structure is available and it will help your dentist make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy.

To have the graft installed in Omaha, Nebraska, you will be deeply sedated. You will need to have someone drive you home after the appointment.

The bone graft can be sampled directly from your own chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Your oral surgeon, Dr. Michael Shnayder, starts by making an incision in your gums to directly access the bone and prepare the area. Then, the bone sample will be set into place and the gums will be 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. Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which results in increased recovery time and heightened risk of infection.

If you are contemplating a dental restoration or you’re concerned about bone structure in your mouth, you should call Village Pointe Oral Surgery at 402-317-5657 to see if you’re a good candidate for a bone graft.