What if a patient is interested in dental implants, or another surgical treatment, but has depleted jawbone or a receding/damaged gum line? This does not mean that a patient is barred from receiving dental implants, but simply means that they need an additional procedure to improve the formation of their jaw. With an improved jawbone, the dental implant will have a better foundation for osseointegration to take place and remain permanent in the jaw. Read along to learn more about additional procedures at Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry for dental implants.
A bone graft is when new bone material is introduced to a damaged area of the jawbone. This new bone material will vary in size and shape, but the purpose of the graft is to regenerate the jawbone, so that it heals and becomes stronger.
In regards to dental implants, a bone graft can be added during or before implant placement. Jawbone depletion is normal after tooth loss, so adding a bone graft to the depleted area can help better prepare the foundation for a dental implant.
There are typically two kinds of bone grafts: an allograft and an autograft.
The amount of bone needed to reverse the damage of jawbone depletion will depend entirely on how much has been depleted, what implants you are receiving, and how many fixtures you need.
A gum graft is similar to a bone graft in purpose, just with a different type of tissue. Some tooth loss may be caused by brutal gum disease, or the gums may recede as a result of tooth loss. With a gum graft, patients can have new gum tissues grafted over the damaged gum area. Similar to the regenerative process of a bone graft, the gum graft will help the other tissues to heal and function correctly again.
Gum grafts are typically done by removing a small portion of tissue from the patient’s palate (roof of their mouth), and placing this tissue over the affected gum area. Dr. Grubb will determine when this graft will be performed, whether before or after implant placement.
Are you interested in dental implants, but worry that your oral health may not be ready for the process? Come see Dr. Richard Grubb at Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry to learn more about grafting procedures that can improve the foundation for your dental implants, as well as improve your oral health. We proudly serve patients from Havre de Grace, Harford County, and beyond.