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Bone Graft Procedure

Posted December 21, 2015

Advanced gum disease, injuries or severe tooth decay can result in a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth. In some cases, your dentist might recommend that you have a bone graft procedure before getting a dental implant or being fitted for a permanent set of dentures. The graft will insure that there is enough healthy bone to anchor the implant for years to come.

At the initial appointment, your oral surgeon or periodontist will probably want to perform a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will give them a clear picture of how much healthy bone is available or any other structural issues there might be in your jaw. The initial consultation is also a good time to let them know about any medications you are taking or medical conditions that might cause bleeding or issues with sedation.

Bone graft surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and often requires deep sedation. So you will need to arrange for someone to drive you. It would also be helpful to have someone at home for a few days while you are getting back on your feet.

The bone material for the graft can be extracted from your chin or a cadaver sample. The bone can then be surgically implanted into your jaw.

If you have questions about dental implants and bone grafts please feel free to call us at 508-790-8300 to schedule an appointment.