Here at Park Place Dental Centre, we know that our patients can be very excited about dental implants. However, we also encourage caution because not every patient is immediately ready for oral surgery. In some instances, patients have specific conditions that present challenges to dental implant placement. Luckily, we offer a number of supplemental procedures that can help prepare our patients for dental implant treatment. Here is some additional information about supplemental treatments. Patient names have been changed to protect their privacy.
Oftentimes, patients with dental bridges or removable dentures lose gum tissue or jawbone density over time. Many of these patients would like to try dental implants, but they find that they cannot undergo treatment because of the poor condition of their oral tissues. Today there are many great options to effectively fix these common problems. Two of the most popular supplemental procedures are gum tissue augmentation and bone grafting. Both procedures add volume to the tissues in places where healthy and dense tissue is necessary for dental implant placement.
Joan is a 52-year-old female patient with four teeth missing in her lower jaw. After she lost the teeth, Joan chose a dental bridge because it was a relatively cheap and easy option. Her bridge allows her to eat and smile normally, but she has lost a lot of gum tissue under her bridge throughout the years. Now, after exploring her current options, she wants a permanent solution, like dental implants, that looks and feels more natural.
Sometimes, patients like Joan experience gum recession under a bridge piece. When this happens, sensitive areas of root tissue are exposed, causing pain, sensitivity, infection, and a greater risk for tooth decay. However, tissue grafting can help make gum tissue more resistant to recession.
When gum tissue grafting is initiated, a tissue graft is harvested from the patient’s palate using a small incision. This can be done before or at the same time the dental implant is 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.
Steve is a 67-year-old male patient with six teeth missing in his upper jaw. After his tooth loss, Steve chose dentures because they were a relatively inexpensive option and he was able to get a set made in just a couple of weeks. Through the years, his dentures have allowed him to eat and smile with normal function. Now, after exploring his current options he wants a permanent solution that looks, feels, and functions more like natural teeth. Unfortunately, the dentures have allowed his jawbone to flatten out, making dental implants impossible without some sort of supplemental procedure.
Dentures used to be the best option for patients like Steve 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 look and premature wrinkles around the mouth. This also results in patients appearing years older than they actually are.
To fix problems like bone deterioration and a flattened jawbone created by tooth loss, doctors created procedures to help rebuild jawbone volume. 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 Steve can get bone or tissue grafting right in the doctor’s office in just a few short visits.
Issues with bone or tissue quality in the mouth used to be problems that prevented patients from getting dental implants. Today, thanks to amazing supplemental procedures like bone and tissue grafting, many of our Brampton, ON patients who were previously unable, can now take advantage of dental implants at Park Place Dental Centre. If you would like more information about your options, please check out the rest of our dental implants infosite or call us for a no-obligation consultation.
Dr. Emil Svoboda
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