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Having strong bone structure in your jaw is important for maintaining the full function of your mouth and it is crucial for certain restorative dentistry treatments. Unfortunately, when you lose a tooth, it can result in the reduction of bone structure in your jaw. This is especially troublesome if you are interested in having a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant.

During your initial consultation, your oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Oshins, will examine your mouth to assess the available bone structure. This usually involves taking a series of X-rays or performing a CT scan.

A bone graft can be installed in a single outpatient appointment. This usually requires deep sedation for your comfort. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

The bone material for the graft can be sampled from the sturdy bone in your chin. However, if you prefer, it can be taken from a surgical-grade cadaver.

The procedure involves your oral surgeon making an incision in your gums to gain direct access to the pertinent area. The bone graft will then be inserted into place and the gums will be sutured closed. Over time, your body will naturally fuse the graft into your existing bone structure.

Your recovery time will vary depending on your age, overall health and quality of aftercare. Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which increases recovery time and the risk of infection. If you use tobacco regularly, you should talk to your physician about a cessation program. Try to choose a program that doesn’t involve using nicotine lozenges or gum. These can also irritate gum tissues and increase healing time.

If you have lost a tooth and you’re interested in having it restored with a bone graft in Guilderland, New York, you should call Oshins Of Smiles at 518-356-5635 and schedule an appointment.