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If you’ve lost a tooth or had one extracted, it can also compromise some of the bone structure in that area of your mouth. This is even more likely to be the case if you’ve struggled with periodontal disease in the past. In some cases, there might not be enough healthy bone tissue remaining for your dentist, Dr. Reeve Abraben, to successfully anchor a dental implant.

To address a problem like this, he might recommend that you receive a bone graft in Lake City, Florida. This is an oral surgical procedure that will place a small sample of healthy bone tissue in the area. In time, your body will naturally fuse it to the surrounding bone material, restoring enough structure to anchor a dental implant.

During your initial consultation, you should let Dr. Reeve Abraben know about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking, especially if they increase your risk of bleeding.

We can often install a bone graft in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be deeply sedated. This means you will need to have someone drive you home afterward.

The bone material for the graft can be sampled directly from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Dr. Reeve Abraben 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’ve lost a tooth and you’re contemplating a dental restoration, you should call 386.752.1342 to set up a consultation at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.