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Your dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon might request bone regeneration, also commonly called a bone graft, for many reasons: weak jaw, gum disease, misaligned bite, and preparation for dental implants, to name a few. If you are considering the possibility, here are some things you’ll want to know

What exactly is bone regeneration?

When dental experts talk about bone regeneration, they are almost always referring to your jawbone. A bone graft is a kind of oral surgery in which a portion of bone is integrated with the patient’s jawbone so as to improve its strength and durability.

Where does the bone come from?

Ideally, we at Fox River Periodontics, PC would like to splice a small piece of bone taken from another part of your body. That way your jawbone will be able to accept the grafted bone tissue the most easily as it is composed of more familiar cells. We can also use artificial bone or bone from a tissue bank.

How long can I wait before my dental implant?

The short answer is that it depends. Major grafts may need a few months for the jawbone to fully integrate with the new tissue. If the graft is only minor, however, you might be able to get the dental implant on the same day or shortly after your bone graft. Dr. Kamy Noruzi can give you a more specific estimate.

Would you like know more? Call Fox River Periodontics, PC in Geneva, Illinois at 630-232-7400 and we will do everything possible to help youprepare for this upcoming change.