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When a tooth is lost to severe tooth decay, dental avulsion or required treatment by extraction, it can also result in compromised or lost bone structure. When this happens, there might not be sufficient bone structure remaining in the underlying socket to anchor a future restoration with a dental implant.

To address a problem like this, Dr. Timothy Erdle might recommend a bone graft.

This is a small piece of bone tissue that is surgically sampled from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. It is inserted directly into the compromised area. As time goes by, your body will integrate the grafted bone tissues into the surrounding jaw structure. Once this has been achieved, Dr. Timothy Erdle can start the process of a dental implant restoration.

Dr. Timothy Erdle can surgically install the bone graft in a single outpatient appointment that generally involves deep sedation. 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 have 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 live in the Gurnee, Illinois, area and you’re in need of a dental restoration, you should call 847-662-3414 to set up a consultation appointment at Institute of Dental Implants and Periodontics.