Most of our patients want to get started with dental implant placement as soon as possible. However, some of these patients may not be able to proceed right away because of issues with receeding gum tissues or jawbone density. Here at Dentistry In The Village and Clarkson North Dental in Mississauga ON, we offer many exceptional supplemental procedures that can help prepare our patients for their treatment. Read on to discover some additional details about problems that can prevent dental implant placement and about the supplemental treatments that were designed to fix these issues.
Many patients chose a dental bridge or dentures after tooth loss because they are a quick, cheap, and easy options for tooth replacement. Both options allow patients to restore their ability to eat, speak, and smile normally. Unfortunately, over time gum tissue beneath these devices can recede. Then, after exploring current options like dental implants, they find that placement is not so simple because of the condition of their gum tissues. So what can patients do to correct this problem? One solution is gum tissue augmentation.
Gum tissue augmentation requires that a small tissue graft be harvested from the patient’s palate using a small incision or the use of tissue from a tissue donor. This can be done before getting dental implants, or at the same time they are being placed. The specially harvested graft material will then be placed in the prepared area where gums have receded. The resulting tissue graft preserves the necessary soft tissue and makes the gums less likely to recede after dental implant surgery.
Through the years, dentures and bridges can restore basic facial shape and allow patients to fix their less-than-perfect smiles. But there is a price to these tooth replacement procedures and it happens when the jawbone losses a significant amount of volume over time. Unfortunately, these options can also cause muscles in the jaw to weaken with disuse and the jawbone itself to flatten out over time. These patients often have a sunken appearance and premature wrinkles around the mouth. This ultimately results in patients appearing much older than they actually are. The solution to these problems is bone grafting. Keep reading to learn about this procedure.
The primary way doctors strengthen a weakened jawbone is with bone grafting. This simple procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office before or at the same time as dental implant placement. During the procedure itself, a small incision is made and a little piece of donated bone is attached to the area lacking volume. As the area heals, the donated bone fuses with patient’s jawbone and the area is better prepared to support dental implants.
In many cases, doctors can make a visual examination and determine that a patient needs tissue grafting. However, some cases of jawbone deterioration need to be diagnosed with x-rays or Cone Beam CT (CAT scan). The best way to see if you need either procedure is to begin with a consultation. This will allow us to examine you and see if you need supplemental procedures.
Today, thanks to amazing supplemental procedures like bone and tissue grafting, many of our Mississauga, ON patients who were previously unable, can now take advantage of the many wonderful benefits of dental implants. If you would like more information, please check out the rest of our Dental Implants InfoSite or call us for a no-obligation consultation. Alternatively, you can take the next step in your journey by learning more about Choosing A Dental Implant Provider.
Dr. Michael Luciani
Dentistry in the Village
115 Lakeshore Rd
Mississauga, Ontario L5G 1E5