When a tooth is extracted or lost to decay or dental avulsion, it can also compromise the underlying bone structure. This could mean that there will not be sufficient bone tissues available for Dr. Rafla to anchor a dental implant. In a situation like this, he might recommend having a bone graft installed.
This is basically a small piece of bone tissue that is extracted from your chin or sampled from a surgical-grade cadaver. It is inserted directly into the area. In time, your body’s own natural processes will integrate the bone graft to the surrounding jaw structure. Once this has been achieved, Dr. Rafla can start the process of a dental implant restoration.
Dr. Rafla can install the bone graft in an appointment where you will be deeply sedated. Afterward, you will still feel some postoperative sedative effects. So, you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home and lend you a hand until you’ve fully regained your senses.
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’re interested in having a tooth restored via a dental implant, you should call us at 508.499.3566 to schedule a consultation today.