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The bone structure in your mouth plays an important role in many aspects of oral health. At the same time, a decrease in bone structure in one or more areas of your mouth can make it difficult to perform certain restoration treatments.

In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Steven Oshins, might recommend that you receive a bone graft to restore the full integrity of your mouth. This is more likely to be the case if you had a tooth extracted or if you’ve struggled with chronic gum disease in the past.

The process starts with an oral surgeon examining your mouth and taking a series of X-rays. This provides a clear picture of how much available bone structure remains and the health of the surrounding teeth. At this appointment, you should let the surgeon know about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking.

A bone graft can be installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. This means you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

Depending on your personal preference, the material for the bone graft can be taken from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. The oral surgeon will then install the bone graft by making an incision in your gums to access the underlying bone. The graft will be set into place and your gums will be sutured closed. In time, the bone graft will naturally integrate into your existing bone structure.

If you are concerned about the necessary bone structure for an upcoming dental restoration, you should call Oshins Of Smilesat 518-356-5635 to see if you’re a candidate for a bone graft in Guilderland, New York. We wish you and your family a healthy, happy, smile-filled Thanksgiving holiday!