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Gum and Bone Regeneration—Arlington, TX
Recover Your Smile
Whether due to injury, infection, or tooth loss, it’s possible for a patient to actually lose some of the gum and bone tissue that supports their teeth, making their smile much more vulnerable to future problems. With Dr. Doctor’s gum and bone regeneration techniques, however, he can help build this important tissue back up, leading to a healthier, stronger smile. The procedures outlined below are also often necessary before a patient can get dental implants to replace their missing teeth.
Tissue & Bone Regeneration
As gum disease becomes more advanced, it begins to break down the soft and hard tissues of the mouth, exposing the sensitive tooth roots to infection and dramatically increasing the risk of tooth loss. Dr. Doctor can correct both of these issues using advanced tissue and bone grafts. A special membrane can be applied to the gums to encourage the growth of new healthy tissue, and the jawbone can be built up using a bone graft (more on this below). This can solve many issues when it comes to the look and function of a patient’s teeth, plus it can make someone a viable candidate to get dental implants.
For patients looking to replace their upper back teeth, a sinus lift can be used to thicken the jawbone in the area so it’s able to provide adequate support for dental implants. This procedure also helps prevent the implant roots from accidentally piercing the sensitive sinus membrane located right above the bone. It gets its name because the sinus membrane is gently lifted to create room for a bone grafting material to be placed, leading to the creation of new, strong bone that will hold onto the implant roots.
This procedure preserves the bone and gum tissue surrounding a tooth after it has been extracted. This can largely prevent the bone loss that usually develops after a tooth goes missing, plus it can enable a patient to quickly replace the tooth with a dental implant without having to get a bone graft first. Typically, ridge preservation is performed at the same time as an extraction so the patient can replace their tooth as quickly as possible.
After tooth loss, the jawbone naturally starts to shrink and weaken. This can cause the remaining teeth to shift out of place, create cosmetic defects in the smile, and make it impossible to replace the teeth with dental implants. Thankfully, a bone graft can fix all of this! Using a patient’s own bone, donated bone, or a lab-made material, Dr. Doctor can build up and thicken the jawbone exactly where a patient needs it to achieve a strong and attractive smile. This is often an initial step before a patient receives dental implants as well.
After a bone graft has been performed, one potential problem is that the surrounding gum tissue may grow into the area and interfere with healing. To prevent this from happening, Dr. Doctor can place a cytoplasm membrane at the time a bone graft is performed. This preserves the overall structure of the area and helps a patient enjoy a faster, more efficient recovery process.
Single-Stage Procedure for Increasing Attached Gingiva
While Dr. Doctor is placing a patient’s dental implants, he can also use a soft tissue graft to fix any gum recession that has developed. Both the implant roots and tissue graft are positioned within the mouth at the same time, which is why this is known as the “single-stage” approach. This procedure can drastically improve the appearance of the smile, provide valuable support for the new teeth, and ensure the longevity of a patient’s dental implants.