The bone structure of your jaw serves many purposes. One of its primary purposes is to anchor your teeth and provide healthy structure to support your gums. Unfortunately, things like advanced periodontal disease, multiple tooth extractions, and chronic issues with tooth decay can result in a reduction of healthy bone structure in your jaw. These issues can sometimes be addressed by bone graft surgery.
One of the more common reasons Dr. Jack Schwarcz might recommend bone graft surgery for you is to provide enough bone structure to mount a dental implant. This can often be a critical first step in restoring a missing tooth.
Dr. Jack Schwarcz will first want to 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.
Bone graft surgery is usually be performed on an outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. You should arrange to have a friend or family member drive you and help at home for a while until you’re back on your feet.
Dr. Jack Schwarcz can acquire the bone graft material from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. The surgeon will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The bone graft is inserted into place and the gums are sutured closed. As time goes by the grafted bone material will eventually fuse into your existing jaw structure.
Your personal recovery time will vary depending on your age, overall health, and quality of aftercare. Tobacco use will irritate the gum tissues, increasing recovery time and risk of infection.
If you have questions about a bone graft surgery, you should call Eastside Periodontics at 586-757-5454 to schedule an appointment.