Have you been told that you’re not an ideal implant candidate? Here at the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry, we are ready to help our patients who may have been previously denied treatment with dental implants. Every now and then, a patient is unable to move forward with the implant process because their jawbone or gums are not strong enough to support implants. We are happy to say that at our practice, these problems do not necessarily have to end your dental implant story. Luckily, Drs. Joseph Field, Bruce Hartley, and John McFarlane are able to perform procedures such as bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation, which can restore your jaw structure to the point where it will be able to accept your new dental implants. We encourage you to read on to learn more about these supplemental procedures and how they work.
One crucial fact about the jawbone that not many people actually know is that it requires constant exercise in order to stay healthy and strong, much like one of your muscles. Usually, this exercise is a result of vibrations that occur every time food impacts with your teeth or when you talk to others. These vibrations travel down the roots of your teeth and into the jawbone. However, when you lose a tooth, the area of the jawbone that tooth was connected to is no longer getting any exercise. Because of this, it will begin to deteriorate.
The reason why you need a strong jawbone in order to pursue treatment with dental implants is because of the process of osseointegration. Dental implants are able to provide such remarkable results because osseointegration works to fuse your implants to your jawbone. This fusion allows your dental implants to perfectly replicate the strength, feel, and comfort of your natural teeth. But, if your jawbone is not strong enough, this process will not succeed, completely undermining the entire process. So, for patients with weak jawbones, they will need to have bone grafting done before they can move forward with the dental implant procedure.
There are many different types of bone grafting we can use, largely depending on the severity of your case. The most common method uses small, bone granules, which are wrapped around the area of your jawbone needing restoration. By packing these bone granules into the area, your jawbone is encouraged to regenerate. This method is good for patients who only have a minor amount of jawbone depletion. What’s great about this treatment is the fact that your bone grafting treatment can most likely be done at the same time as your implant procedure.
If you are suffering from a more severe case of jawbone deterioration, we may instead use bone samples taken from other parts of your body. Or, we can use bone that has been lab grown or donated if you are uncomfortable with the idea of using your own bone. However, your jawbone may require time to heal after this procedure before you can move into the implant procedure.
Your jawbone isn’t the only thing that can prevent you from moving forward with implant treatment. Your gums must also be strong enough to support your implants. However, they can begin to recede when you lose a tooth. Fortunately, we can use a procedure called soft tissue augmentation, or gum grafting, to heal your receded gums. This procedure takes gum samples from another source and grafts them to the deficient areas of your oral structure. This tissue triggers the ability of your gums to regenerate, and they will incorporate this new gum tissue, adding density and strength to your gums. This procedure will restore your gums to the point where they will be able to support your dental implant.
If you have a condition that is preventing you from moving forward with treatment using dental implants, then you may simply need a supplemental procedure. By using bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation, we may be able to restore your candidacy for treatment with dental implants. To find out what is preventing you from moving forward with implant treatment, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Joseph Field, Dr. Bruce Hartley, or Dr. John McFarlane today.
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