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The underlying bone structure of your mouth is largely responsible for giving your teeth the strength to bite and chew foods. If it’s compromised by tooth decay, extraction or chronic periodontal disease, the loss of structure can lead to several complications. In some cases, it might make dental restorations like dental implants unfeasible.

In a situation like this, your oral surgeon, Dr. Will Allen, might recommend that a bone graft should be installed directly into the area to replace the lost bone tissue.

The bone graft can often be installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home afterward the appointment.

The grafted bone material can be taken from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. The surgeon will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new bone will be set into place and the gums will be sutured closed. In time, your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.

The length of time it takes for your gums to heal and the graft to fuse with the surrounding bone tissues might vary depending on your age, overall health, and quality aftercare. Tobacco use can prove significantly troublesome as it can irritate the gums, increasing healing time and potentially causing an infection.

If you are contemplating a dental restoration in Louisville, Kentucky, and you’re concerned there might be a bone structure issue, you should call 502-587-7874 to schedule a consultation at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.