Chronic or advanced gum disease, severe tooth decay and deep fractures can result in loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth. It’s not uncommon for people interested in dental implants to need a bone graft to restore enough structure to anchor it.
At the initial appointment your periodontist or oral surgeon will need to take a series X-rays. This gives them a clear understanding of how much healthy bone is available in the area, and other factors like the location of your sinuses. Make sure you let them know about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking.
Bone graft surgery can be performed on outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you and help you at home while you get back on your feet.
The bone material for the graft can be taken from either your chin or a surgical grade cadaver sample can used. The surgeon then makes an incision in the gums and implants the bone graft in place. The recovery time varies depending on age, overall health and how well you take care of the gum tissues afterward.
If you have questions about a bone graft procedure, please feel free to call us at 630-232-7400 to schedule an appointment.