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Healthy and strong bone structure beneath your gums is essential for specific dental restorations, like dental implants. Unfortunately, in many cases of tooth loss, the decay or extraction process also compromised some of the bone tissues.

If you lack sufficient structure for a dental restoration, our oral surgeon, Dr. Smith, might recommend a bone graft to address the issue.

Our oral surgeon will start by examining your mouth and taking a series of X-rays. This gives us a clear picture of the available bone structure that remains and the health of the surrounding teeth. This is also a good time to let us know about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking, especially if they increase your risk of bleeding.

Our surgeon can often install a bone graft in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. This means you will need to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

The bone tissues for the graft can be taken from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Our 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 contemplating a dental restoration and you’re concerned about the bone structure in your mouth, you should call 209-205-4657 to schedule a consultation at Scott A. Smith DDS.