Some dental restorations, like a dental implant, require strong, healthy bone structure to support a dental implant. Sometimes tooth loss can result in a reduced amount of bone structure in the underlying gums. This is even more likely if the tooth was lost to dental avulsion or tooth decay. At the same time, people who have struggled with chronic periodontal disease might also have compromised bone structure in the jaw.
To make a dental implant a viable course of treatment, Dr. Will Allen might recommend having a bone graft installed into the area.
Your surgeon will start the restoration process by conducting a thorough examination of the area and taking a series of X-rays. This provides a clear picture of the available bone structure and the health of the surrounding teeth. This is a good time to let your oral surgeon know about any medical conditions you have or about any medications you are taking, especially if they increase your risk of bleeding.
A bone graft can often be installed in a single outpatient appointment. Most people choose to be deeply sedated during the procedure. If this is the case for you, you will need to have someone drive you home after the treatment.
Dr. Will Allen can sample the bone graft tissues from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Dr. Will Allen will then install the bone graft by making an incision in your gums to access the underlying bone. The graft will be set into place and your gums will be sutured closed. As time goes by, the bone graft will naturally integrate into the surrounding bone tissues.
If you live in the Louisville, Kentucky, area and you’re contemplating a dental restoration, you should call 502-587-7874 to schedule a consultation at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.