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Bone grafting is a dental surgery that we offer at our Blainville dental clinic. It is a procedure that, for some patients, is a prerequisite to the placement of dental implants. In order to serve as solid supports for replacement teeth, implants must be firmly anchored in the jawbone. To do this, there must be sufficient bone volume.
At Centre dentaire Emmanuelle Seica, you benefit from the services of qualified dental professionals who use the latest technology in each of their procedures.
Why is bone grafting sometimes necessary ?
The health of our jaws is closely linked to the presence of each of our natural teeth and their roots in the dental arches. When a person loses natural teeth, the absence of the roots within the jawbone will cause a gradual retreat of the jawbone. The jawbone will “melt” because its growth is no longer stimulated by the presence of teeth and their roots. Thus, in people who have been partially or completely edentulous for several years, the bone volume of the jaw has considerably decreased. This makes it more difficult to place dental implants, since they do not have the necessary support to integrate.
When the jawbone volume is not sufficient, it is necessary to perform a bone graft. If you are considering dental implants to replace your missing natural teeth, your dentist must first perform a complete oral examination and x-rays. If he or she determines that there is not enough bone volume to accommodate implants, he or she will recommend a bone graft. Once the graft is complete and the surgical site has healed, the placement of implants can be considered.
Gingival recession :
Signs and symptoms associated with gum recession
The following signs and symptoms should prompt you to see your dentist so that he or she can determine if you are suffering from gum recession and if a gum graft is necessary.
- Increased tooth sensitivity, especially to hot, cold and sweet foods ;
- Teeth that appear longer than normal, as gum recession exposes part of the tooth roots;
- Redness in the gums or bleeding when brushing and flossing. These are symptoms associated with gum disease, which can lead to gum recession.
Gum grafting: the procedure
- We perform a local anesthesia of the areas of the mouth where the graft is to be taken and performed;
- The graft is taken from the gum tissue (another part of the gum that is in good condition) or from the palate of the patient ;
- The dentist applies the graft to the area to be treated and then fixes it with stitches ;
- He or she will offer post-operative advice to encourage the healing of your oral tissues and the success of the graft.
The consultation in
implantology and the realization
of the bone graft
The importance of the implantology consultation
Several factors must come together to ensure the successful placement of dental implants. It is essential to have an implantology consultation, during which the dentist can examine you to determine if your mouth and jaws are healthy. It is during this consultation that we determine the need for bone grafting prior to the placement of dental implants.
The conditions that must be met for us to place implants are :
- Good general health ;
- Good oral health. Problems such as gum disease must be treated before implants are placed ;
- Sufficient bone volume in the jaw. If it is not sufficient, bone grafting may be the solution.
Bone grafting: the procedure
- We perform a local anesthesia of the area of the mouth where the bone graft is to be performed ;
- The dentist makes an incision in the bone, under the root of the teeth, to access the area where the graft will be placed ;
- The graft is placed. In most cases, the graft comes from an external donor. It can also come from the patient himself ;
- Once the graft is in place, it is covered with a synthetic membrane to isolate it from the bacteria that are present in the mouth;
- Stitches are then used to close the surgery site ;
- The dentist offers advice to promote proper healing and the success of the bone graft.