At Reger Family Dental, we love offering our patients the many benefits of dental implants. However, due to factors such as disease, tooth loss, and extended denture or bridge wear, many patients may not have adequate jawbone or gum tissues for dental implant placement. If this is you, don’t worry, a supplemental procedure may help improve your candidacy for dental implants and increase your chances for implant success.
Supplemental procedures are surgeries we perform before installing dental implants. These surgeries are designed to correct issues that may disqualify you from receiving implants, such as jawbone deterioration (resorption) and gum tissue recession. By correcting these issues, supplemental procedures improve your oral health and help increase your chances for implant success.
The only way to know for certain if you need a supplemental procedure is to attend your dental implant consultation with Dr. Reger. During your consultation, Dr. Reger will be able to fully examine your mouth, review your medical history, and ask you about your smile goals in order to help you make the best decision for your dental health. Gum recession can often be spotted right away, but jawbone deterioration usually needs X-rays or CAT scans to uncover.
Tissue grafting is a supplemental procedure designed to address loss of gum tissue after damage or recession has taken place. Here’s what to expect during a tissue graft:
Bone grafting is a supplemental procedure that combats jaw bone deterioration and the characteristic flattening of the jawbone after tooth loss, by encouraging your body to rebuild healthy jawbone volume. Here’s what to expect during a bone graft:
At Reger Family Dental, we want all of our patients to be able to enjoy the lifelong benefits of dental implants. Our supplemental procedures can help you successfully integrate dental implants so you can eat what you want, speak clearly, and smile confidently. To learn more about our supplemental procedures, or to schedule an appointment at our San Antonio office, call Reger Family Dental at 210-960-1300.
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 in a process called osseointegration.
Since healing from a bone graft usually takes a few months, Dr. Reger will provide you with a temporary tooth replacement until your implants can be installed so you won’t have to live with missing teeth any longer. In contrast to bone grafts, you may heal from a tissue graft in as little as ten to fourteen days.
If you find that your post-operative pain is unbearable or is lasting longer than a few days, it may indicate a complication. Contact us at our San Antonio office as soon as possible by dialing 210-960-1300 and we’ll do whatever we can to resolve any issues you may be having.