In some cases, patients who are missing teeth will not be able to pursue treatment with dental implants due to the fact that their oral structures are not strong enough to support the treatment. The most common reasons for this are jawbone deterioration and gum recession. Fortunately, our patients in the Kingston, PA area can still receive dental implants thanks to the supplemental procedures known as implant bone grafts and soft tissue augmentation. These patients may simply need a supplemental procedure beforehand. We invite you to read on to learn more about these supplemental procedures.
Jawbone Deterioration and Implant Bone Grafts
Many people are unaware that jawbones require constant exercise and stimulation in order to stay healthy and strong. Generally, this exercise comes from chewing food or speaking. These activities cause vibrations, which travel down the roots of the teeth and into the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the area of the jawbone formerly connected to that tooth is no longer getting the exercise it needs to stay healthy. This causes the structure to deteriorate.
This deterioration can not only affect your oral health, but it can also affect your facial appearance. Some of the ways jawbone deterioration can affect a person’s appearance include:
- Hollow Cheeks: The jawbone works to support the structure of your cheeks. Because of deterioration, the cheeks can hollow out, resulting in a sunken appearance.
- Premature Wrinkling: When the jawbone deteriorates, the skin around the lips can begin to prematurely wrinkle.
For patients who are suffering from jawbone deterioration, we provide a treatment called bone grafting, which can reverse the damage done by this condition. Bone grafting takes donated or synthetic bone tissue and grafts it to the deficient areas of the patient’s jawbone. Thanks to the same regeneration process that allows osseointegration to occur, the jawbone can heal around this tissue, integrating it within itself. This procedure restores density to the jawbone, allowing the patient to move forward with implant treatment.
Gum Recession Causes and the Soft Tissue Augmentation Treatment
Gum recession is another condition that can prevent patients from proceeding with implant treatment. It is possible for the gums to begin pulling away from your teeth, which can leave them sensitive and susceptible to dangerous oral conditions. Some reasons for why this condition occurs include:
- Aggressive Teeth Brushing: When you brush too aggressively, you can end up damaging your gums with your brush. This will cause the gums to recede and move away from the teeth.
- Bad Oral Hygiene: Failing to properly brush your teeth can leave tartar and plaque in your mouth, which attack the gums.
- Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease directly attacks your gums, eventually leading to their recession.
For patients suffering from gum recession, we can restore the damage done by using a treatment called soft tissue augmentation. This treatment uses gum tissue taken from the palate of the patient’s mouth and grafts it to the deficient areas of the gums. As the gums heal, they absorb the newly grafted tissue, restoring their density for a healthier and more beautiful smile.