When a patient qualifies for dental implants, there are a few prerequisites that must be met. Two of these is to ensure that the patient has sufficient bone and gum support. If either is lacking, then there’s a high probability that the implant will fail. In that case, a bone graft or a soft tissue augmentation may be recommended. Dr. Altschuler also offers a bone regeneration and ridge augmentation procedure as well.
Importance of Jawbone Support
When a tooth is lost, the underlying bone that’s left can struggle to repair itself. With such a wide gap left, it elevates the patient’s risk of infection, but also the chance of facial collapse. What can happen is that the bone never truly repairs itself, leading to the bone weakening and eventual collapse of that area. This is what causes the sunken appearance in the cheeks of faces who lost many teeth.
Dental implants need a sufficient bone structure in order to take hold and allow osseointegration to take place. If a patient has allowed jawbone deficiency to go unchecked, it may be recommended that you receive one of the following procedures to remedy this.
A bone graft procedure is when a sample of bone is removed from another part of the patient’s body, such as the hip and shin bone, and is surgically applied to the jawbone where the bone depletion lies. If there is significant bone loss in a large area, this procedure may need a large sample or several small procedures to accomplish. If the depleted area is small, it can be performed at the same time as the first stage of dental implant surgery.
Soft Tissue Augmentation
A soft tissue augmentation, also known as a gum graft, is very similar to a bone graft. A sample of tissue is removed from the patient’s palate, the roof of their mouth, and applied underneath the gum of the receded area, but covering the tooth again. The graft is stitched the existing gum to promote growth, creating a nice support for the dental implant to come.
Bone Regeneration Technique
Another method that Dr. Altschuler has found successful is a bone regeneration technique to let it grow back naturally. Exposing the depleted bone, a membranous material is wrapped around the tooth to prevent organic tissue from getting between the tooth and bone. As the bone grows, the membranous material will dissolve.
Dental Implants at Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center
If you’re missing one or more teeth, but are worried that your receded gums or lack of jawbone may disqualify you from dental implants, have no fear. At Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our supplemental procedures can help to repair and reconstruct your mouth in preparation for your beautiful dental implants. Contact us today about any questions you may have and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Altschuler. Dr. Altschuler will be glad to sit down with you and discuss what can be done for you and your smile.