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The bone structure of your jaw is absolutely critical for anchoring your teeth and biting, chewing and grinding food. Unfortunately, there are times when periodontal disease, advanced tooth decay and tooth extraction can result in the loss of bone structure in part of your mouth.

If this is the case, your dentist, Dr. Valerie Foster, might recommend that you receive a bone graft to restore the bone structure so you can better address future dental work, such as dental implants. A bone graft might also help dentures to fit more securely over your gums.

The consultation appointment before treatment involves a thorough examination of the area, which might also include taking a series of X-rays or a CT scan. This will clearly determine how much bone structure is available and it will help make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy.

A bone graft procedure in Aloha, Oregon, can often be performed on an outpatient basis and it usually requires dental sedation. You will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

The bone material for the graft can be directly sampled from your own chin or, if you prefer, it can be taken from a surgical grade cadaver. The surgeon will then create an incision in your gums to expose the jawbone. The new replacement bone is set into place and the gums are sutured closed. In time, your body will naturally integrate the graft into your existing bone structure.

Your recovery time will vary depending on your age, overall health and quality of aftercare.

If you are concerned that your bone structure is dwindling, you can call Valerie A. Foster, DMD, PC at 503.649.7011 to schedule an appointment.