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When a tooth is knocked out of place or lost to severe decay or extraction, it often takes some of the surrounding bone tissues with it. In a situation like this, the compromised bone structure can limit your options for restoring a lost tooth. This is especially true for anchoring a dental implant.

In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, might recommend resolving the problem with a bone graft in Seattle, Washington.

The treatment process starts with a thorough examination of the area, which might also include taking a series of X-rays or having a CT scan. This will clearly determine how much bone structure is available.

To perform the graft, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta will refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist. The bone graft is usually installed in a single outpatient appointment where you will be deeply sedated. You will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

The bone material for the graft can be directly taken from your own chin or from a surgical grade cadaver. The surgeon starts by making an incision in your gums to directly access the bone and to prepare the area. Then, the bone sample 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 quality aftercare. Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which results in increased recovery time and heightened risk of infection.

If you are interested in restoring a lost tooth and you’re concerned about the available jawbone, you should call Rainier Dental Center at 206.329.1100 to see if you’re a good candidate for a bone graft.