Bone Grafting and Gum Augmentation for Birmingham Area Dental Implants
Many people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth would benefit greatly from getting single-tooth dental implants or multi-tooth dental implants. But with that said, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Part of this may be due to issues with bone density and gum health, both of which can be affected by missing teeth. If a patient does not have sufficient bone density in the jaw or has gums that have receded, they may still be able to get dental implants if they undergo bone grafting or gum augmentation. At the Birmingham area practice of Dr. Michael Maniscalco, both these options can allow people to receive the dental care that they need.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a process by which bone from one part of the body is transplanted to another part of the body in order to create greater bone density. This is important for patients considering dental implants in that the implants need to be anchored into the jawbone just as natural tooth roots.
The bone grafting process will generally involve bone taken from another part of the patient’s body in order to build greater bone density in the jaw. If a patient is unable to provide bone grafts from his or her own body, then synthetic bone grafts can be used. Bone grafting needs to be performed prior to the oral surgery to place dental implants. This is to ensure that there is proper bone structure in place to support the implant.
Who is a Good Candidate for Bone Grafting?
Good candidates for bone grafting are people who are otherwise good candidates for dental implants but lack the sufficient bone density to support dental implants. These candidates need to be in good overall health and have good dental health as well.
What is Gum Augmentation?
Also known as gum grafting, gum augmentation is a process by which soft tissues inside the mouth are used to help build up the gumline following gum recession. This is important for patients considering dental implants in that the implants need to be secured by healthy gum tissue just as natural tooth roots.
The gum augmentation process involves soft tissues taken from a donor area in a patient’s mouth. This donor area is usually the roof of the mouth. This soft tissue is then stitched into place in the
area where the gums have receded. Successful gum grafting means that you will have healthy, strong gum tissue in place that can secure a dental implant or multiple dental implants. As with bone grafting, gum augmentation needs to be performed prior to the oral surgery to place dental implants.
Who is a Good Candidate for Gum Augmentation?
Good candidates for gum augmentation are people who are otherwise good candidates for dental implants but lack the sufficient gum tissue to support dental implants. These candidates need to be in good overall health and have good dental health as well.
Schedule a Consultation for Implant Dentistry Near Birmingham
Both bone grafting and gum augmentation may be the best ways for you to become eligible for dental implants. It’s important that you come to Maniscalco Cosmetic and General Dentistry so that we may assess your eligibility for either or both of these options. For more information about bone grafting and gum augmentation, contact our practice for implant dentistry near Birmingham today