Many people missing a tooth, will reach out to Dr. Tovar to see if they are a viable candidate for a dental implant. At the initial consultation he will examine your mouth and jaw to assess the available bone structure. This usually involves taking series of X-rays or performing a CT scan.
If Dr. Tovar finds that you lack sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant, he might refer you to an oral surgeon for a bone graft.
A bone graft is an outpatient procedure that requires you be sedated, for your own comfort. For the sake of safety, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you and help at home for a while, until you’re back on your feet.
The bone material for the graft can be taken from bone in your chin or sampled from a surgical grade cadaver. During the procedure, your surgeon will create an incision in your gums to gain direct access to the relevant area. The bone graft is inserted into place and the gums are sutured closed. Over time your body will naturally fused the graft into your existing bone structure.
Tobacco use greatly irritates the gum tissues, which will increase your recovery time and could also result in an infection. If you use tobacco regularly, you should talk to your physician about a cessation program.
If you are interested in exploring your tooth restoration options, you should contact Dr. Tovar’s office in Peoria, Arizona at 623-561-1470 for a consultation.