Dental implants will dramatically improve your life — they’re not called a revolutionary tooth replacement solution for nothing. Dental implants may require more work to get, but they’re permanent, protect your oral health, and preserve your facial structure.
Some patients require supplemental procedures before they can receive their implants. This step is vital because these treatments make your implants more likely to succeed. Learn about the ways Dr. Kosinski can help prepare you for dental implants.
When you’re missing teeth, you notice the most obvious effects: gaps in your smile, difficulty speaking, and difficulty chewing. But there are more effects of tooth loss that aren’t immediately noticeable, including jawbone deterioration.
Many people don’t realize that their jawbone, like a muscle, needs to be stimulated to remain strong. Though dentures are a common arch replacement solution, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that keeps your jawbone from weakening.
To increase your chances of dental implant success, bone grafts can help to make your jawbone stronger. Dental implants stay in your jaw through a process called osseointegration, where your living jawbone fuses to an implant.
A substantial amount of strong jawbone material is required to keep the implant in place. To do this, Dr. Kosinski will take a piece of bone, coming from you, a donor, or synthetically made, and graft it to your jaw. The graft stimulates your jaw to heal and produce more bone so that it remains strong and healthy.
When you’re missing teeth, your gums may recede. Take Amy, a 48-year-old female patient with four missing teeth in her lower jaw. She initially chose a bridge to restore her teeth because it was the easiest option for her at the time, but she’s now interested in a more permanent solution.
Though her bridge allowed her to eat and smile, she lost a lot of gum tissue beneath her bridge over the years. When your gums recede, the sensitive areas of your teeth are exposed and lead to pain, sensitivity, risk of infection, and increased tooth decay.
Dr. Kosinski recommends tissue grafts for patients like Amy because they can restore gums and make them more resistant.
During a tissue graft procedure, Dr. Kosinski will harvest a small amount of soft tissue from another part of your mouth. The graft material is then placed in the areas that need it, preserving the necessary soft tissue and making your gums less likely to recede.
This procedure can be done before your dental implant is placed or during the same procedure.
Not every dental implant patient needs a supplemental procedure, but there’s nothing to fear if you do. Dr. Kosinski will ensure your treatment goes smoothly — you can even find out what your treatment plan will look like, no commitment necessary.
Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Kosinski by calling (248)-251-0795 or by filling out our online contact form — available on this page. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Dr. Timothy Kosinski
31000 Telegraph Rd. #170
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Monday: 8:30AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 3PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 4PM