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.
This can affect the alignment of certain teeth, it could also dentures or a partial to fit loosely and even make it difficult to anchor a dental implant. To correct this problem Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh might recommend a bone graft procedure to restore the structure of your jaw.
The initial consultation with your oral surgeon usually involves a thorough inspection of your mouth as well as a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This helps them to understand how much available bone structure is left and make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy. This is also a good time to let them know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking.
The bone graft procedure usually requires deep sedation. This means you will need to have a friend or family member to drive you and help at home while you get back on your feet.
The grafted bone material can be taken from your chin or a surgical grade cadaver. Your oral surgeon will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new material is set into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.
If you have concerns about your jaw structure or questions regarding a bone graft procedure, please feel free to call Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh at 415.682.6377 to schedule an appointment.