Corrective and Cosmetic Bone & Gum Grafting Treatment in Dallas, Texas
What Is Bone Grafting?In a dental setting, bone grafting involves the transplantation of bone tissue from other areas of the body or a bone bank to a patient’s jaw. Bone grafting often serves to support new dental implants or to restore the structure of a patient’s face. Once in place, the existing bone and donated bone begin to fuse to create a lasting bond.
Common Situations That Call for a Bone GraftDr. Timin utilizes bone grafts in several different situations. Dental problems that may indicate the need for a bone graft include:
- Bone loss resulting from a tooth extraction or other form of tooth loss
- Insufficient bone tissue in the jaw to support a dental implant
- Restoration of a patient’s facial structure after an injury or years of tooth loss
- Aesthetic enhancement of a patient’s smile
Other Cases That Require a Bone GraftCertain advanced procedures needed by some patients also require a bone graft. A couple of the most common procedures include maxillary sinus floor augmentation and alveolar ridge expansion.
Maxillary Sinus Floor AugmentationA maxillary sinus floor augmentation, or sinus lift, increases the amount of bone in the upper jaw to make room for a dental implant. During the operation, a surgeon will cut a small hole in the lateral wall of the sinus and places a bone graft. Once the patient heals and the graft fuses with the surrounding bone, a dentist can install the dental implant.
Alveolar Ridge ExpansionIn the most severe cases, ridge expansion involves splitting the alveolar ridge in a surgical setting. The surgeon will then insert a bone graft into the space created, which will later support a dental implant.
What Causes Gums To Recede?As we advance in age, most individuals experience mild to moderate gum recession. It represents an unavoidable fact of life that we will all experience to some degree during our golden years. However, certain contributing factors can accelerate the process at any age, including:
- Cigarette smoking
- Improper brushing with hard-bristled toothbrushes
- Gingivitis, periodontitis, diabetes, and other diseases
- Natural hormonal fluctuations
Signs That You Have Receding GumsGums typically recede very slowly over time; so, the onset of gum recession can often go unnoticed. After several years, however, additional symptoms often emerge, alerting patients to their gum loss. Some of the signs that you have receding gums include:
- Sensitivity to the temperature of food and beverages
- Dental cavities near the gum line
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Shifting teeth
- General pain