Sometimes when a tooth is lost or extracted as part of a preventative treatment measure, it also takes some of the underlying bone structure with it. When this happens, there might not be enough healthy bone material remaining in the socket to safely anchor a dental implant. To ensure the success of a future dental restoration, Dr. Akram E. Rafla might recommend installing a bone graft into the area.
This is an oral surgical procedure that will place a small sample of healthy bone tissue in the area. In time, it will naturally fuse with the surrounding bone material, restoring enough structure to secure the implant.
During your initial consultation, be sure to tell Dr. Akram E. Rafla about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking. This is especially important if they increase your risk of bleeding.
Dr. Akram E. Rafla can often install a bone graft in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. Afterward, someone will need to drive you home while you fully regain your senses.
The bone tissue for the graft can be sampled directly from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Dr. Akram E. Rafla will then make a small incision in your gums and will insert the healthy bone graft into place. Once your gums have been sutured, your body will start the process of integrating the new tissues.
If you live in the Worcester and Marlborough, Massachusetts area and you are contemplating a dental restoration, you should call 508.499.3566 to schedule a consultation at our practice.