Many people missing a tooth will reach out to their oral surgeons at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to see if they are a viable candidate for a dental implant. At the initial consultation, Drs. Allen, Walters, Noonan, Mills, and Warren will examine your mouth and jaw to assess the available bone structure. This usually involves taking a series of X-rays or performing a CT scan.
If our Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates team finds that you lack sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant, we might recommend a bone graft in Louisville, Kentucky.
The bone graft can be installed in a single outpatient appointment. It often requires you to be sedated for your own comfort. This means you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
The bone material for the graft can be taken from the bone in your chin or sampled from a surgical grade cadaver. During the procedure, your surgeon will create an incision in your gums to gain direct access to the relevant area. The bone graft is then inserted into place and the gums are sutured closed. Over time, your body will naturally fuse the graft into your existing bone structure.
Tobacco use greatly irritates the gum tissues, which will increase your recovery time and could also result in an infection. If you use tobacco regularly, you should talk to your physician about a cessation program.
If you are concerned about your jaw structure or if you’re interested in having a tooth restored by a dental implant, you should call Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 812-913-2283 to see if you’re a candidate for a bone graft. Your oral surgeons, Drs. Allen, Walters, Noonan, Mills, and Warren, will be happy to help you!