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FAQ:  Jaw Surgery

Thin Jaw Bone I had my #17 wisdom tooth extracted. It was impacted.

The oral surgeon showed me in pre and post procedure x-rays that the jaw bone where the tooh was removed from is only 5 milimeters thick and has a gap the size of the tooth, and there is a chance of breaking. I'm 40 years old. At my age will the jaw bone rejuvanate and fill the open gap area? I lead a rather physical life style (karate). ... Visitor from IL

The jawbone should heal in 3 - 4 months.

There are two walls of bone that are very dense. However, if you are hit in the jaw there is always the possiblilty of fracture.

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