Here at Reger Family Dental, we love helping patients restore the brilliance of their smiles with beautiful dental implants. However, many patients may not have adequate jawbone or gum tissues for dental implant placement. If this is the case, our supplemental procedures can be used to provide extra assistance in preparing for dental implant placement surgery.
During tissue augmentation procedures, a small graft of healthy gum tissue is placed in the area where the gum tissues are not sufficient. The patient should rest and avoid putting any pressure on the graft area. In time, the graft will preserve the soft tissue in the dental implant area and make the gum tissues less likely to recede after oral surgery.
To combat dangerous bone deterioration and the characteristic flattening of the jawbone after tooth loss, this procedure was created to help rebuild healthy jawbone volume. Dr. Reger will make a small incision where the bone needs to be strengthened and attach the donated bone. The incision is then closed and the patient is sent home to heal.
Your first step in the dental implant placement process is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reger. It is necessary for the doctor to fully examine your teeth, mouth, and gums in order to help you make the best decision for your optimal dental health. Gum recession can often be spotted right away, but jawbone deterioration usually needs x-rays or CAT scans to uncover.
This will depend on the individual patient and your overall health. Sometimes patients can undergo supplemental procedures at the same time as they have implants placed. Other times, a separate procedure and healing time are necessary. The actual procedure only takes a few minutes. On average, most patients require three to six months of healing time. And as with dental implants, patients are encouraged to avoid putting pressure on the surgical site until it is fully healed.
In years past, a lack of healthy gum or jawbone tissues prevented San Antonio patients from getting dental implants. Today, thanks to the miracle of bone and tissue grafting, patients who were previously unable to get implants, can now take advantage of this superior treatment. Get started on a better smile today with dental implants from us at Reger Family Dental!
Generally, the recovery time for a dental bone graft can be anywhere from two weeks to over two months. If you’re receiving a graft before undergoing dental implant surgery, then Dr. Reger will have to wait until the bone has successfully fused with your jawbone.
Since this usually takes a few months, Dr. Reger will provide you with a temporary tooth replacement so you don’t have to live toothless any longer.
The gum tissue grafting procedure is painless since you’re given local anesthetics to alleviate any discomfort. However, just like any procedure, there may be minimal post-op aching or swelling that can be easily relieved with OTC medications or any given by Dr. Reger.