Patients who are interested in dental implants may find that their jawbones have become too deteriorated to support implants just yet. Or you may be recovering from the damage of tooth decay or gum disease and need an additional procedure to refresh and restore your jawbone and gums. A bone or gum augmentation can help qualify you as a dental implant candidate.
A bone graft is the application of new bone tissue to an area of jawbone deterioration. The size of the depleted area will determine how large of a sample you need to restore it. These new bone samples, when applied to the jawbone, trigger the surrounding area to regenerate, creating a stronger foundation for the implant to be placed in.
For patients who need implants in their upper jaw, their jawbones may be too thin in certain areas to support dental implants. In these cases, it’s recommended that a sinus cavity be reshaped, in order to make room for more bone and a thicker foundation for the dental implant.
This procedure is reserved for tooth extractions; patients who may need to have a damaged tooth extracted to make way for a dental implant can take advantage of this procedure. Once the tooth is extracted, a bone graft and membranous material is applied to the ridge area to promote healing in preparation for the implant.
Gum tissue is also vital to the recovery of dental implants and jawbone. They mask the pieces of the dental implant, as well as protect it. If your gums have receded, we recommend that you have a soft tissue regeneration procedure. These tissue regeneration procedures also help clear out pockets of diseased tissues from gum disease.
Some patients may feel that these additional treatments may not be necessary for their particular case. However, it should be recommended that you adhere to the instructions of Dr. Abron to ensure a successful implant placement. Without these, it’s very likely that your implant could fail to undergo osseointegration, making treatment more costly and troublesome down the road.
And what if you prefer not to get dental implants at all? Teeth surrounding the gap in your smile may begin to shift, causing more tooth loss and possible chances for infections. In the end, by not addressing your tooth loss as soon as possible, your oral health has a higher chance of deteriorating.
Now that you understand what supplemental treatments entail, and how they can lead to implant success, consult with Dr. Abron about qualifying for these procedures. These consultations are meant to evaluate your oral health, answer all your questions, and ultimately decide whether or not you qualify for any of the above-mentioned procedures. Contact us today in Washington, DC to schedule this no-obligation consultation.
Dr. Amrin Abron
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