Bone and Gum Grafting
Dental implants are a proven and successful way of replacing missing teeth (or teeth that need removal) effectively and cosmetically. Dental implants are placed into the supporting jaw to act as a replacement tooth root, allowing a crown (the tooth part above the gums) to be attached.
However if you need dental implants, you may not always have the required bone volume to support implant placement. This is because the area may have shrunk away (atrophy) as a result of the missing tooth, or as a result of dental infection or oral surgery. If this sounds like you, then bone grafting (bone augmentation) can provide a solution.
Bone grafting is a very common procedure at our clinic, and it can be performed efficiently and comfortably for patients, under the comfort of our sleep dentistry (IV sedation) technique.
Deficient bone is augmented by bone grafting, and subsequently restored with a dental implant (image courtesy of BioHorizons Implants)
Several methods of grafts (and their alternatives) are performed by our implant dentists, and we will advise which options are most suitable for you:
Example of ‘Block’ bone graft and dental implant by Dr Misagh Habibi
X-ray illustration of bone block graft to augment bone deficiency created by infection, subsequently replaced by an implant (Dr Misagh Habibi).
These techniques generally require a few months of ‘maturation or integration’ to take place after the procedure, before an implant can be placed:
These techniques often allow implants to be placed immediately without any delay or having to wait for the grafts to mature:
Procedures to regenerate or modify the soft tissues in the periodontal area, such as gum grafting, are often called periodontal plastic surgery procedures.
Dr Habibi can discuss whether gum grafting is suitable for you. Before any grafting is considered or carried out, we would make sure that the area is free from any disease (periodontitis) and that home hygiene is on track. This is to ensure the graft recipient site is healthy and free from inflammation.
There are several types of gum grafting and contouring procedures available including:
Our philosophy is to make complex dental procedures such as bone and gum grafting as convenient and efficient as possible, saving you time and treatment fees in the process.
Being able to perform all the aspects of these treatments in-house means extra convenience and comfort for you. Call today for a consultation and enquire which of these procedures may be suitable for you.