Being without teeth can affect your confidence and self-esteem, but it can also cause serious health problems. Dental implants are a revolutionary solution for anyone who is missing one or more teeth or has damaged teeth due to trauma or decay.
Thanks to technological advancements, more people are getting dental implants now than ever before, but that doesn’t mean your mouth is ready for them. As an example, if your gums aren’t healthy enough to support a dental implant, Dr. Assi might recommend gum grafting before placing your dental implant.
Dr. Assi can restore your oral health and ensure you’re prepared for a successful dental implant by providing effective supplemental treatments.
Most of the time people are curious about dental implants because they are missing a tooth or teeth, but that’s not the only reason to get implants. Sometimes, a patient might have a tooth that is damaged from decay or trauma. In these cases, a supplemental treatment called tooth extraction is necessary before you can begin the dental implant process.
After the extraction is complete, you may experience some bleeding, swelling, and pain. These symptoms should only last a few days. If after 1-2 weeks you still see these symptoms, contact Dr. Assi. This may be a sign of surgical complications or infection.
Bone grafting is a minor procedure that assists the growth of healthy bone mass in your jaw. The process involves Dr. Assi removing a small piece of bone tissue from somewhere else on your body—such as your chin, hip, ribs, or wrist—and attaching it to the area of your jawbone where the dental implant will be placed.
Depending on the amount of new bone you need, the process might take several months to grow enough to support a dental implant.
One reason Dr. Assi might recommend supplemental treatment is gum recession. Gum recession can occur if you have periodontal (gum) disease, poor oral hygiene, or even if you brush too aggressively.
For patients suffering from gum recession, we can use a procedure called gum grafting to retain it. Gum grafting uses the same concepts and techniques as bone grafting except you’re stimulating healthy gum growth instead of bone.
Dr. Assi will remove a small piece of gum tissue from the palate of your mouth, and attaches it to the deficient areas of your gums. Unlike bone grafting, the growth process with gum grafting happens fast. Your gums should be healed and ready for dental implants after about six weeks.
We’ll Help You Prepare for Dental Implants
If you’re interested in dental implants and require additional treatment before they can be placed, contact our office. Dr. Assi and the rest of our staff at Alpha Dental Practice are here to ensure you get the care you deserve and the smile you love.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does tooth extraction hurt?
Many patients report feeling little to no discomfort during the tooth extraction process. The first step is numbing the area with a local anesthetic. During the removal, some patients may experience the feeling of pressure, but that will subside once the tooth is successfully extracted. Dr. Assi and our dental team will walk you through every step of the process and make sure you’re comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
Can I still get dental implants without a supplemental procedure?
If you have insufficient bone density, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to receive dental implants without a supplemental procedure. We can perform specific procedures for patients who need to increase the amount of bone in their jaws, such as a sinus lift or bone grafting, to have successful implant treatment.
Without it, you face a significantly higher risk of implant failure, infection, and possibly tooth or bone loss.
Will my insurance cover my supplemental procedure?
Many insurance companies will pay for a portion of your supplemental procedure, but some don’t cover preexisting conditions. Therefore, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider for a more in-depth understanding of your coverage and how to maximize your benefits. If you have any questions or concerns about your financial situation, call our office at (954)-228-8509, and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Do I have to change my diet after a bone graft?
For the first 24 hours after your procedure, there are some important general dietary rules, like avoiding:
- Overly hot or cold drinks
- Using straws
- Spicy, crunchy, or hard-to-chew foods
We recommend a diet of soft foods like yogurt and applesauce for the day after your procedure. It’s also best to avoid eating at all until the effects of your local anesthetic have worn off; otherwise, you may damage the surgical site.
Is a bone graft procedure painful?
To ensure that you’re comfortable during your procedure, Dr. Assi will administer a local anesthetic before beginning the bone graft. This will completely numb the area, making the experience pain-free.
During your recovery period, you may feel some discomfort. Most patients report the pain as being manageable with over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses. If your pain worsens or doesn’t go away, call our office at (954)-228-8509.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
The recovery period for a tooth extraction varies from patient to patient. Typically, a patient can expect a recovery to take seven to ten days when combined with good oral hygiene care. It’s crucial to the success of your extraction and the quickness of your recovery to follow Dr. Assi’s aftercare instructions.