Jawbone deterioration often occurs following the loss of one or more teeth due to factors like injury, decay, or trauma. In the absence of the tooth to provide stimulation, the surrounding bone gradually deteriorates. Eventually, this bone loss may progress to a point where there is insufficient bone to support dental implants. In such situations, your dentist may suggest a bone grafting procedure as a viable solution.
Administer local anesthesia to numb the areas for bone removal and augmentation. Create an incision in the gum to assess required bone volume.
Below the lower front teeth, make an incision to reveal the chin bone. Partially extract the bone and any marrow, then close the incision with stitches.
Secure the removed chin bone in the jaw with titanium screws. Optionally, apply a mix of your bone marrow and grafting material to expedite healing, followed by suturing the incision.
Following the procedure, antibiotics and pain medication are typically prescribed. You’ll be advised to adhere to a controlled diet, consisting of soft foods like pastas and Jell-O. Complete healing of bone grafts typically requires six to nine months. Dental implant placement is deferred until your oral cavity has fully recovered.