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Terrified of bone grafting and flap surgery

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Posted by: sassyone  (8 years ago)
I lost a 30 year old bridge 8 months ago. For insurance reasons I waited until now to have it fixed. I have been advised since I lost so much bone, I need bone grafting and then they will do the 2 implants 4-6 months later. But this periodontist insists that he needs to build up the area ahead of the two missing teeth to make it even. I lost 29 and 30 lower left. He wants to do flap surgery in 25 thru 29 and 30 and then do bone grafting. I am terrified about the flap surgery. Has anyone been through this. I hear you cannot eat for 2 months. PLease offer any advice or experiences you may have had.
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Dear sassyone!

You can't tell whether the procedure is correct in itself via the internet. The best thing to do would be to a 2nd or 3rd opinion from one or two other oral surgeons. That way you will be given a good overview and you will be able to make comparisions. It is important that before any bone grafts or implants are done any inflammation is dealt with, i.e. the periodontitis needs to be treated first of all.

I wouldn't worry too much about eating; 2 months without eating would be life-challenging. You can eat immediately after the operation but you have to limit yourself to soft foods. Your surgeon will explain the details to you.
Liebe Grüße JB
Posted 8 years ago