There are several things that can cause a loss of bone material where your teeth anchor to your jaw. Advanced gum disease, severe tooth decay or a complete tooth extraction can all result in their not being enough structure available to securely anchor a dental implant. In a situation like this your dentist or periodontist might recommend a bone graft procedure to resolve the problem.
At the initial consultation the periodontist or oral surgeon will assess how much bone structure is available using X-rays or CT scan. This is also a good time to let them know about any relevant medical conditions or medications you are taking.
A bone graft is performed as an outpatient procedure. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort. This means you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you and help you at home until you are back on your feet.
The bone graft can be taken from your chin or a surgical grade cadaver. Once they have acquired the graft they will make an incision in the gums and implant the new bone material in place. Your recovery time will 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 risk of infection.
If you have questions about a bone graft procedure, please feel free to call us at 630-232-7400 to schedule an appointment.