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Losing a tooth can present some serious complications for your oral health and function. Even if you adapt to the decreased ability to chew or the alterations to your appearance, it could still lead to orthodontic complications.

Fortunately, Dr. Don Niu can help prevent these complications. One of the most effective dental restorations is to have a dental implant installed. For this treatment to be successful, there needs to be sufficient bone structure in the underlying gums to anchor the dental implant. If severe gum disease, tooth decay or dental avulsion compromised the bone tissues in the area, Dr. Don Niu might advocate a bone graft to be installed in advance of the restoration process.

To address a problem like this, he might recommend that you receive a bone graft. 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, be sure to tell your surgeon about any medical conditions you have or about any 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 after your treatment.

The bone tissue for the graft can be sampled directly from your chin or a surgical-grade cadaver. Your oral surgeon then make a small incision in your gums and 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 live in the Irvine, California, area and you are contemplating a dental restoration, you should call 877-396-6899 to speak to the specialists at Irvine Dental Group.