There are a few different situations that can cause a loss of bone structure in your jaw. Multiple tooth extractions, advanced tooth decay, improper alignment of upper and lower teeth, long-standing untreated gum disease, wearing partial, or complete dentures can result in a loss of bone material, which could pose a challenge for placing a dental implant or providing a firm fit for your dentures.
In a situation like these, Dr. Rai might recommend evaluation for bone graft surgery to improve the available bone structure around the existing teeth that are compromised due to gum disease, or to gain bone height for the proper placement of an implant to support a missing tooth or a denture that is supported by the implant. At times, when a person looses a tooth he also looses some bone height. If we plan do a implant, we may also recommend a bone graft to preserve the bone for the future implant.
The initial consultation includes a thorough examination of the area which might also include a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will clearly determine how much bone structure is available and to make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy.
Bone graft is routinely performed under local anesthesia while you are awake. Depending on the extent of the procedure, it may need sedation at times and that’s something you can discuss with Dr.Rai during the consultation visit.
If done under local, you can drive yourself. If under sedation, Your recovery time will vary depending on your age, overall health and you will need some one to drive you home.
If you are concerned about the amount of bone structure you have available before a procedure to restore lost teeth, please feel free to call Dr. Rai at 540-657-0867 to schedule an appointment.