Not all people are good candidates for dental implants. People with periodontal disease are not good candidates for dental implants because gum disease debilitates the tissue and bone. Additionally, people with low bone volume are not good candidates for dental implants because there isn’t enough bone to secure the dental implants in place. However, there are treatments that can rejuvenate the gums and jawbone which increase your candidacy for dental implants.
Why do you need gum and jaw bone rejuvenation?
One of the most important aspects of dental implant treatment is the foundation in which the implant will be placed. Like a house, a dental implant needs a good foundation to be stable against the elements. In this case, the foundation for implants is jawbone.
Periodontal disease and trauma can weaken your gums, causing them to recess and pull away from your teeth, thereby exposing the tooth roots. When this occurs, a soft tissue augmentation is needed to correct tissue defects. During the procedure, soft tissues are applied to areas where the gums have weakened or receded. Once the healthy soft tissue area regenerates and recovers, a dental implant can be placed in the missing tooth area.
Jaw bone rejuvenation
A bone graft is a surgical treatment that applies new bone material to the depleted jawbone area. The new bone material, consisting of bone granules or large grafts, will stimulate the jawbone into rejuvenation.
Depending on the extent of your jawbone depletion, we can install your implant fixture at the same time as the bone graft. This way the new bone regenerates at the same time as the implant site is healing, and the new bone adheres to the implant more strongly.
Contact us about improving your candidacy
Ask Dr. Sanchez about your qualification for this treatment. Other soft tissue treatments could be an option, depending on the extent of the damage. But once your gums are restored, they can help keep your dental implants in place. Don’t wait to get started on restoring your smile here in Tehachapi. The first step is speaking with Dr. Sanchez about your candidacy, and discussing the treatment options that may be necessary for your implant success. We’re happy to help here in Tehachapi, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.