We know that many patients are eager to begin the tooth restoration process using dental implants. However, it is important that you do not rush into treatment, as you may need to make some preparations before you will be able to move forward with the implant process. For some patients, a supplemental procedure may be required in order for their dental implant placement to be a success.
During your consultation with holistic dentist Dr. Ted Herrmann, an examination will be performed on your oral health in order to determine the condition of your oral health. At this point, the doctor will inform you of whether or not you will need a supplemental procedure, such as bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation, before you will be able to move forward with your implant treatment. Please read on to learn more about these treatments and why they may be required.
One of the most common reasons for why patients may need a supplemental procedure before they will be able to pursue dental implants is jawbone deterioration. Many people are not aware of the fact that the jawbone is much like a muscle in the way that it requires exercise and stimulation in order to maintain itself. This stimulation comes from chewing food and from speaking with other people. These activities create vibrations that travel down the roots of your teeth and into your jawbone. But, when you lose a tooth, the area of the jawbone that tooth was connected to will no longer be getting this exercise. As a result, this segment of the jawbone will begin to deteriorate.
Having jawbone deterioration used to mean that you were forever barred from treatment with dental implants, and would need to seek treatment with another solution, such as dentures or a dental bridge. This has changed in this modern era of dentistry, where we now have supplemental procedures that can restore your jawbone to the point where you will be able to have dental implants placed.
For patients who are suffering from jawbone deterioration, the solution we can use to restore density and strength to their jawbone is called bone grafting. Bone grafting is a procedure that takes bone samples from another source, usually donated or synthetic, and grafts them to the deficient areas of your jawbone. Using the same regenerative process that allows osseointegration to work, your jawbone will heal around this tissue, absorbing it to restore and heal itself. In some cases, we may need to use bone samples taken from your own body, but you need not worry as this process is completely safe.
Gum recession is a process where the gum tissue that surrounds your teeth begins to wear away, exposing the sensitive underlying tooth root. This recession causes pockets to form between your teeth and gum line, which makes it easier for food and debris to get caught in these areas. Should you be unable to keep these areas clear and clean, bacteria will grow, which can end up damaging your teeth and possibly even resulting in missing teeth.
Some possible reasons for why you may experience gum recession include:
A soft tissue augmentation is a procedure not unlike bone grafting that is used to reverse the damage caused by gum recession. This procedure uses gum tissue that is taken from the palate of your mouth and grafts it to the deficient areas of your gums. While your gums heal, this tissue will be absorbed and incorporated into your gum structure, making it strong enough to allow dental implants to be placed.
Are you curious about whether or not you will need a supplemental procedure before you will be able to move forward with the dental implant process? Then wait no longer and contact our office to schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Ted Herrmann today.
Dr. Theodore Herrmann
9220 SW 72nd Street, Suite 205
Monday: 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 5PM
Thursday: 7AM – 3PM