The bone structure in your jaw serves to anchor your teeth and provide functional structure for your gums. Over the course of time there are several things like advanced gum disease, multiple tooth extractions, or multiple teeth suffering tooth decay, that result in bone loss in the jaw.
In time this can have a negative impact on the alignment of your teeth. It could also cause dentures or a partial to fit loosely. If you’ve lost a tooth, decreased bone structure in the jaw could make it difficult to mount a dental implant in the future. To address these issues, Dr. Norman B. Fine may recommend a bone graft procedure to restore the lost bone structure in your jaw.
The initial consultation involves a thorough inspection of your mouth as well as a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This helps determine how much bone structure is available and to make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy. This is also a good time to let us know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking.
In most cases, the bone graft procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis and requires deep sedation. This means you will need to have a friend or family member to drive you and help at home while you get back on your feet.
The bone material for the graft can be taken from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Your oral surgeon will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new material is set into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.
If you have questions or concerns about bone structure, or a bone graft procedure, you can call Fine Periodontics at 864-299-5900 to schedule an appointment.