A dental restoration is a course of treatment designed to replace the presence and function of a decayed, damaged, or missing tooth. Unfortunately, in most cases of tooth loss, the underlying bone structure is also compromised. This is even more likely to be an issue if you’ve struggled with chronic periodontal disease in the past.
The loss of healthy bone tissues in the area might mean that there isn’t sufficient structure to support certain dental restorations, such as a dental implant. To remedy a problem like this, Dr. Rafla might recommend having a bone graft installed into the area.
Dr. Rafla will start the restoration process by conducting a thorough examination of the area and taking a series of X-rays. This gives 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 Dr. Rafla know about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking, especially if they increase your risk of bleeding.
A bone graft can often be installed in a single appointment. You will need to be deeply sedated during the procedure. So, you will need to have someone drive you home after the treatment.
The bone tissues for the graft can be taken from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Dr. Rafla 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 in need of a dental restoration and you think you might need a bone graft in Marlborough, or Worcester, MA, you should call 508.499.3566 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rafla.