Grafts

Bone Grafts and Gum Grafts at Anchorage Dental Arts

What You Need to Know About Bone Grafts

Bone grafts are most commonly performed in patients who are undergoing dental implant therapy which consists of a very small titanium post, which is the actual implant, that is attached to a lifelike dental crown. One thing you may need to know ahead of this procedure is that bone loss inevitably follows tooth loss, so if your implant procedure is as a result of a missing tooth, some of the bone beneath the missing tooth may have also been lost.

If you want a dental implant but don't have enough bone to support it, you may need a bone grafting procedure which is used to build up new bone in the area of your jaw that used to hold teeth.

There are a variety of sources of bone grafting material used for a bone graft procedure, all of which have been backed by research. This means they are safe to use and eliminate the potential for rejection or disease transmission.

What You Need to Know About Gum Grafts

Many patients experience periodontal disease which has resulted in gum recession among other health concerns from the condition.

In cases such as this, a gum graft procedure can be performed by carefully placing a small amount of new tissue in an area where little or no gum tissue currently exists.

The restorative tissue that’s used in this procedure may come from a variety of sources, but it is usually harvested from the roof of the mouth after the area has been made numb for your comfort. Next, the tissue is gently stitched in place.

Because the body has a natural recovery process that takes place, new blood vessels grow into the graft to help it become integrated with the area’s surrounding tissue. A successful gum graft can reduce or eliminate problems like further gum recession.

Aftercare is Important for Both a Bone Graft and a Gum Graft

Following a bone graft or a gum graft, it’s more important than ever to practice good oral hygiene. The caring and professional staff at Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC will provide complete aftercare instructions for at-home and follow-up treatment in our conveniently located Anchorage dental office.