For some patients, pursuing treatment with dental implants may be more difficult than they may have thought. The reason for this is the fact that not every patient has the oral structure required for their dental implant treatment to be considered a success. For some patients, their treatment may be delayed because their jaw structure is suffering from jawbone deterioration or gum recession. As these structures provide the foundation required for implants to succeed, these patients will be unable to move forward with the dental implant procedure.
Suffering from jawbone deterioration or gum recession doesn’t necessarily mean that you will never be able to receive dental implants. For these patients, they may simply need a supplemental procedure first. Dr. Munira Lokhandwala, Dr. Saman Sajid, and Dr. Priya Beedu can perform procedures such as bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation in order to restore dental implant candidacy to these patients. We encourage you to read on to learn more about these conditions and how we treat them here at our Fremont, CA office.
Jawbone Deterioration and Bone Grafting
Many people are shocked when they learn about jawbone deterioration. The reason for this surprise is the fact that not many people know that the jawbone is much like a muscle, meaning it will deteriorate if it doesn’t get enough exercise. This exercise comes from vibrations that result from food impacting on your teeth or from talking to other people. These vibrations then travel down your tooth roots and into your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the area of the jawbone that tooth was connected to is no longer receiving exercise and proceeds to begin deteriorating over time.
This deterioration can have many negative effects on your oral health. However, many patients are surprised to learn that jawbone deterioration can have effects on their facial appearance as well. Your jawbone works to support your facial structure and, when it deteriorates, you are bound to experience some damage. For instance, it is common for the cheeks to appear hollow due to jawbone deterioration. The skin around your jawline may also prematurely wrinkle, giving you an aged or unhealthy appearance.
For patients who are suffering from jawbone deterioration, we can restore their dental implant candidacy with a procedure called bone grafting. This procedure takes bone tissue from another source and grafts it to the deficient areas of your jawbone. Because of the jawbone’s natural ability to heal itself, this tissue is accepted and integrated into your oral anatomy, restoring strength and density to your jaw structure. Thanks to this procedure, we can restore your jawbone to the point where it will be able to handle your new dental implants.
Gum Recession and Soft Tissue Augmentation
There are many different reasons for why our gums might recede. The most common of these are periodontal diseases, aggressive tooth brushing, and insufficient care. Gum recession is dangerous because it creates pockets between our teeth and gum line. It is very easy for bacteria to build up in these pockets, which can damage the tissue and bone structures that support our teeth. If left untreated long enough, this condition can result in teeth needing to be pulled.
If you are suffering from gum recession, you may not be able to move forward with the dental implant process. Fortunately, we can perform a treatment called soft tissue augmentation that can reverse any damage caused by gum recession. This procedure takes gum tissue from another source and grafts it to the deficient areas of your gums. When your gums heal after the procedure, this gum tissue is accepted as natural, and health is restored to your gums.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala
In order to find out if you need a supplemental procedure before moving forward with the implant process, you will first need to attend a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala, Dr. Saman Sajid, or Dr. Priya Beedu at Starbrite Dental. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly examine your oral health, determining the condition of the structures that make up your jaw. It is through this consultation that the doctor will be able to determine whether or not you will need a supplemental procedure before being able to move forward with the dental implant process. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.