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Advanced tooth decay, tooth extractions and chronic gum disease can all cause a reduction in your jaw’s bone structure. This can be a serious problem that makes it difficult to anchor a dental implant or have a secure fit for your dentures.

In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Nam Cho, might recommend having a bone graft treatment to restore the available bone structure so you can later mount and anchor a titanium dental implant.

The initial consultation includes a thorough examination of the area, which might also include taking a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will clearly determine how much bone structure is available and it will tell your dentist if the surrounding teeth are healthy.

A bone graft in Glendale, California, is almost always an outpatient procedure that requires dental sedation. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.

The bone material for the graft can be taken from your own body or from a surgical-grade cadaver. The surgeon will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new bone is set into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time, your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.

Your recovery time will vary depending on your age, overall health and recovery period. If you use tobacco, it will irritate the gum tissues, which increases your recovery time and the risk of infection.

If you are contemplating a dental implant but you’re concerned that you might have lost some bone structure in your jaw, you should call Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 818-365-5636 to schedule an appointment.