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When a tooth is extracted or lost due to advanced gum disease it usually involves a loss of bone material that was anchoring the tooth. Your dentist might recommend a bone graft before a dental implant or to help rebuild some of the jaw structure that will help hold dentures
Before the procedure they might take X-rays or a CT scan to get a better idea of the amount of bone tissue or any other factors that might come into play during the grafting procedure.
A bone graft can usually be performed on an outpatient basis. If the oral surgeon recommends deep sedation you will need to arrange for someone to drive you. It’s also a good idea to arrange for someone to help you out at home for a few days while you are getting back on your feet.
The oral surgeon will extract a small amount of bone from your chin or a cadaver sample. The bone is then surgically implanted into your jaw. The healing time will vary based on a number of factors. Your oral surgeon can give you a better idea of just how much time it will take for total fusion.
If you have questions about dental implants and bone grafts please feel free to call us at 480-725-3031 to schedule an appointment.