A strong and healthy bone structure in your mouth is important for overall oral function. This also extends to the feasibility of certain dental restorations like a dental implant. Without sufficient bone structure, the implant will not have the anchor needed to restore the full strength and function of the missing tooth.
To treat a problem such as this, Dr. Hueler, Dr. Lyu, and Dr. Voegele might recommend that a bone graft be installed directly into the area to replace the lost bone tissue. The grafted bone material can often be installed in a single appointment.
Your oral surgeon will then make a small incision in your gums to expose the area in need of restoration. The new bone will be set into place and the gums will be sutured closed. As time goes on, your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.
The total duration of the recovery process will depend on your age, overall health, and quality aftercare. Tobacco use can prove significantly troublesome as it can irritate the gums, increasing healing time and potentially causing an infection.
If you live in the Savage, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, area and you are contemplating a dental restoration, you should call 952-226-7940 to speak to the specialists at Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.