Bone and Gum Grafting
Explore Pre-Dental Implant Treatments at Parkview Dental
In some instances, patients are not immediately eligible for dental implants due to the condition of their smile. At Parkview Dental, Dr. Munro and his team provide patients with dental treatments like bone and gum grafting to prepare smiles for future, successful dental implant placement.
Problem One: Jawbone Deterioration
The most common reason why patients are initially denied dental implant placement is jawbone deterioration. The jawbone requires constant stimulation normally provided by healthy tooth roots. When a patient loses a tooth, the area of the jawbone that tooth used to sit in no longer gets the necessary stimulation. As a result, that portion of the jawbone will begin to deteriorate. This can affect more than just a patient’s ability to receive treatment with dental implants. As the jawbone works to support the patient’s facial structure, deterioration can result in cheeks appearing sunken and premature wrinkling around the mouth.
Solution: Bone Grafting
To combat jawbone deterioration, we can provide treatment using a procedure called bone grafting. This procedure takes donated bone tissue and grafts it to the areas of the jawbone that have deteriorated. During the healing process, the patient’s jawbone will absorb this new tissue and restore itself using it.
Problem Two: Gum Recession
Gum recession is another common problem that can interfere with a patient’s implant candidacy. There are a few different reasons for why gum recession might occur:
- Periodontal Disease: This condition refers to bacterial gum infections, which attack and eat away at gum and jawbone tissue.
- Aggressive Tooth Brushing: Brushing teeth too hard can irritate the gums, and can even damage them to the point where they recede away from the patient’s teeth.
- Insufficient Oral Hygiene Care: Failing to properly care for one’s oral hygiene may result in dangerous conditions that will eat away at oral structures.
Solution: Soft Tissue Augmentation (Grafting)
Using a procedure called soft tissue augmentation can reverse the effects of gum recession. This procedure takes donated gum tissue and grafts it to the weakened areas of the patient’s mouth. As the gums heal, this new tissue will be absorbed and used to restore density and strength to the patient’s gum structure.