Sometimes patients who have used replacement options like bridges or dentures end up losing gum tissue or jawbone density after years of use. Many of these patients want to try dental implants, but find that they cannot have the surgery right away because of the poor condition of their jawbone or gums. Today there are many great options to effectively fix these problems. Two of the most commonly used supplemental procedures are gum tissue augmentation and bone grafting. Both procedures add volume to the tissues in places where healthy and dense tissue is needed for dental implant placement.
Amy is a 48-year-old female patient with four teeth missing in her lower jaw. After she lost the teeth, Amy chose a bridge because it was the quickest, cheapest, and easiest option for her at the time. Her bridge allowed her to eat and smile, but she lost a lot of gum tissue beneath her bridge through the years. Now, after exploring her current options, she wants a permanent solution like dental implants because she believes they can help her smile look and feel much more natural.
Sometimes patients like Amy, experience gum recession under the dental bridge. When this happens, sensitive areas of root tissue are left exposed, causing pain, sensitivity, risk of infection, and increased tooth decay. However, tissue grafting can make gum tissues more resistant to recession and the other accompanying problems.
When this procedure is needed, a small tissue graft is harvested from the palate using a small incision. 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. The resulting tissue graft preserves the necessary soft tissue and makes the gums less likely to recede after dental implant surgery.
Kendrick is a 61-year-old male patient with six teeth missing in his lower jaw. After he lost the teeth, Kendrick chose dentures because they were a relatively inexpensive option and he was able to get a set made and delivered in just a couple of weeks. Through the years, his dentures have allowed him to eat and smile, but unfortunately his jawbone has lost a significant amount of volume. Now, after exploring his current options, he wants a permanent solution that looks, feels, and functions more like natural teeth.
Dentures used to be the best option for patients like Kendrick who were dealing with the problems associated with tooth loss. Unfortunately, dentures can cause muscles in the jaw to weaken with disuse and the jawbone itself to flatten out over time. These patients often have a sunken facial appearance and premature wrinkles around the mouth. This also results in the patient appearing much older than they actually are.
To combat bone deterioration and a flattened jawbone after tooth loss, procedures were created to help rebuild jawbone volume. Most of these procedures were designed to help patients wear their dentures comfortably and chew normally. However, early attempts were ineffective, painful, and unsuccessful. Later, doctors discovered that a simple tissue graft from a donated bone source could easily be attached to areas of the jaw lacking proper volume. These later efforts were much more successful and much less painful. Now, patients like Kendrick can get bone or tissue grafting right in the doctor’s office in just a few short visits.
In the past, problems with bone or tissue density could have prevented patients from strong and proper healing of their dental implants. But today, thanks to amazing supplemental procedures like bone and tissue grafting, many of our Bingham Farms or Beverly Hills, MI 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 with Dr. Kosinski.
Dr. Timothy Kosinski
31000 Telegraph Rd. #170
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Monday: 8:30AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 3PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 4PM
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