Family & Implant Dentistry


Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is where the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative device. Bone grafting is a common procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. The bone used to graft is taken from a sample from the patient. Many times, the bone is taken from another area of the mouth when drilling takes place. The bone fragments are suctioned from the mouth and used for the graft. Cadaver bone fragments are also used. They are harvested by bone banks and are a very safe source for bone donation.

Connective Tissue Grafts

Receding of the gum occurs when the portion of gum tissue around the teeth draws backwards or wears down, with a resultant exposure of more areas of a tooth or the root of the tooth. This is a vcommon dental issue. The onset of gum recession is usually unnoticed until fully developed. The first indication of this problem usually manifests as teeth sensitivity to hot and cold. Another sign of gum recession is that you may notice that a particular tooth appears to be longer than usual. You can also feel an indentation if you run a finger close to the gum line.

If you notice any of these signs, or feel for any other reason that you have recession of the gums, urgently schedule an appointment so that we will discuss with you the possible procedures to embark on to heal the gum, and to eliminate further recession.

Among all the available procedures used for gum tissue grafting, the most common seems to be the one known as connective tissue graft. This involves extracting connective tissue (graft) from under the flap, and a piece of skin from the roof of the mouth, and stitching this to the tissue of the gum around the exposed tooth root. Next we extract the graft from the flag and then stitch the flap back down.

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