Sometimes when a tooth is lost or extracted, it can take some of the surrounding bone tissues with it. This is even more likely to be the case if you’ve had long-term struggles with periodontal disease. This compromised bone structure could make it difficult to safely secure a dental implant.
In a situation like this, your dentists, Dr. Brandon and Dr. Feleppelle, might refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist to receive a bone graft.
The initial consultation involves a thorough examination of your jaw structure, which will likely include a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will help your dentists determine how much bone structure is available.
A bone graft can often be installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.
You can often choose where you want the bone material sampled from. It could be taken from your chin or a surgical grade cadaver. The surgeon will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new bone 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.
The amount of time needed for your gums to heal and for the bone graft to fuse with the surrounding tissues might 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 your risk of infection.
If you are concerned about changes in the bone structure of your jaw, or if you are thinking about restoring a tooth with a dental implant, you should call our office at 440-526-8688 to see if you need a bone graft in Brecksville, Ohio.