Here at Belleville Dental Care, we sometimes recommend supplementary procedures to prepare a patient's mouth for dental implants.
We also encourage caution because jaw and oral tissues may not be immediately ready for dental implants. If this is the case, supplemental procedures can be used to provide extra help to prepare for dental implant placement surgery. Read on to learn about some of the conditions that require supplemental procedures and what happens during these procedures.
When patients are missing teeth for long periods, they often stop chewing in that area. This causes the jaw muscles to atrophy or weaken. Over time, the bone in the jaw begins to deteriorate and the jawbone flattens out. This creates a sunken facial appearance and premature wrinkles around the mouth. Ultimately, it can also result in jawbone tissues that are inadequate for dental implant placement.
Much like jawbone deterioration, the gum tissues also begin to recede when teeth are missing for long periods of time. When no tooth roots are there to support the tissues, they can also shrink and recede. This is a significant problem for bridge and denture wearers who experience discomfort, pain, and increased sensitivity in the areas where gums have receded.
During the tissue grafting procedure, a small graft of healthy gum tissue will be harvested and placed into the prepared area. Once it has been attached, the area will be closed and the patient will be sent home to heal. Patients should rest and avoid putting any pressure on the graft area. In time, the graft will preserve the soft tissue in the dental implant area and makes the gum tissues less likely to recede after oral surgery.
During the bone grafting procedure, a small incision will be made over the area that needs extra bone volume. Next, a portion of bone (either from the patient or a donated source) will be attached and the area closed. The patient will be sent home to heal and must avoid putting any pressure on the site. This procedure can be done before or during the dental implant placement process.
How Do I Know If I Need Supplemental Procedures?
It is necessary for a dentist to examine your teeth, mouth, and gums in order to help you make the best decision for your optimal dental health. Gum recession is generally easier to spot right away, but jawbone deterioration often needs X-rays or CAT scans to diagnose. For this reason, the first step in the process is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Whyte.
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