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 smiles. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is getting a bone graft painful?
Though many patients fear that a bone graft will be painful, the procedure should only result in minimal discomfort at most. Rest assured, Dr. Munro will administer anesthesia or sedation before your procedure so you won’t feel a thing during treatment. You may experience some soreness as the graft heals, but this can be relieved by applying ice and taking an anti-inflammatory medication.
How do I know if I need a supplemental procedure?
The only way to find out if you qualify for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Munro. During this visit, he’ll evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if you’re an immediate candidate for the procedure. If you suffer from jawbone deterioration or gum recession, he’ll likely recommend a supplemental procedure to prepare you for implant surgery. Any supplemental treatments will be discussed with you well in advance and factored into your treatment plan from the beginning.
Will insurance cover my supplemental procedure?
Even though they’re medically necessary for placing dental implants, supplemental treatments often aren’t fully covered by insurance. However, you may be able to get a significant portion of your treatment cost covered depending on the terms of your plan. The amount of payment you receive will vary based on your provider. If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, our team will be happy to assist you.