It sometimes happens that a patient is not quite ready for dental implants. This is typically due to a depletion in the jawbone or gum tissue around the implant site. But luckily for patients in this case, there are two prominent treatments that can turn their situation around. Take a look below at the two most frequent supplemental treatments that help patients become more eligible for dental implants.
You may be asking yourself, why do you need these treatments in the first place?
One of the most important aspects of dental implant treatment is the foundation in which the implant will be placed. Like a house, a dental implant needs a good foundation to be stable against the elements. In this case, the foundation for implants is jawbone.
Unfortunately, a common side effect of tooth loss is also loss of jawbone. In these cases, a bone graft can assist patients who need to restore their jawbone in order to have a successful dental implant case.
A bone graft is a surgical treatment that applies new bone material to the depleted jawbone area. This new bone material, whether it takes the shape of bone granules or large grafts, will actually stimulate the jawbone into regenerating. As it regenerates the jawbone will heal and fill out, getting rid of those facial flaws caused by tooth loss like wrinkling and hollow cheeks.
Depending on the extent of your jawbone depletion, we can install your implant fixture at the same time as the bone graft. This way the new bone regenerates at the same time as the implant site is healing, and the new bone adheres to the implant more strongly.
A soft tissue augmentation undergoes a similar process, but uses a different material for a different area. Instead of new bone for the depleted areas of the jawbone, soft tissues are applied to areas where the gums have weakened or receded, exposing the tooth roots. This condition does not bode well for dental implants, so a healthy soft tissue augmentation can help those areas recover.
Ask Dr. Sanchez about your qualification for this treatment. Other soft tissue treatments could be an option, depending on the extent of the damage. But once your gums are restored, it can help keep your dental implants in place.
Don’t wait to get started on restoring your smile here in Tehachapi. The first step is speaking with Dr. Sanchez about your candidacy, and discussing any supplemental treatments that may be necessary for your implant success. We’re happy to help here in Tehachapi, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Jose David Sanchez
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