Chronic problems with gum disease, or past tooth extractions can potentially result in a loss of bone structure in key parts of your mouth. This can sometimes be a problem for providing dentures with a secure fit, or having enough structure to restore a missing tooth with a dental implant.
In a case like this Dr. Hoffmann and Dr. Griswold can help by performing a bone graft. At the initial consultation, we will perform a thorough examination of your jaw structure, which will include a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will serve to determine how much bone structure is available and to make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy.
A bone graft can often be done in a single outpatient procedure which usually requires that you be deeply sedated. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you and help at home while you get back on your feet.
You can often choose where you want the bone material sampled from. It could be taken from your chin or a surgical grade cadaver. We will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new bone is set into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.
The amount of time needed for your gums to heal and the bone graft to fuse with the surrounding tissues might 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 are interested in learning more about bone grafts, please give us a call At Prosthodontics of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina at 704-364-3770 to set up a consultation. Our goal is to help you keep your healthy smile!