Being toothless 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. He might suggest a single treatment or multiple depending on the condition of your mouth. At Alpha Dental Practice, we proudly offer various supplemental treatment options to fit your unique needs.
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.
Simply put, tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. This is a general procedure that is taken care of right here in our office. Dr. Assi will numb your entire mouth with a local anesthetic, and then begin to rock the tooth back and forth. This rocking motion widens the socket, making the removal easier. During the extraction process, you’ll feel a fair amount of pressure.
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.
Like all surgical procedures, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, and an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Other risks that accompany bone grafting are:
- Nerve injury
- Bone graft rejection
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.
Benefits of Gum Grafting
Gum grafting is a common dental procedure with a high success rate. Beyond that, there are other major benefits associated with gum grafting, including:
- Reduced sensitivity
- Improved gum and oral health
- Improved appearance
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.