Bone & Gum Grafting Waterloo

Dental equipments for bone and gum grafting in Waterloo
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Has gum recession left you with an excessive tooth-to-gum ratio?
Have you been advised you can't have a dental implant because of insufficient jaw bone?
Do you have cosmetic concerns about your smile and face, from the look of your gums to your facial structure of the jawbone?
Are the roots of your teeth exposed, and are the gum tissue in these areas red or swollen?
Has your jawbone lost its original shape after you have experienced tooth loss, periodontal disease or a trauma to the bone?
A gum or bone graft may be recommended at other times. For example, a bone graft may be added to the tooth-supporting bone after a tooth extraction to stabilize it and prevent bone loss.
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If you have experienced any of the above concerns, Waterloo West Dentistry can help. We can advise if you are a good candidate for bone grafting or gum tissue grafting, and guide you on whether the procedure is beneficial for you. No referral is necessary.

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Restorative Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a minor surgical procedure to counteract bone loss and ensure you have enough bone for maintaining healthy teeth or to undergo corrective treatments. The procedure can take as little as 20 minutes and up to about 90 minutes, depending on the location of the graft and how much grafting material needs to be placed.

There are several occasions when a bone graft may be recommended. A bone graft is often performed after a tooth extraction to prevent the bone loss that is associated with tooth loss.

Bone grafting is regularly completed before placing dental implants, to ensure that there is enough bone mass and adequate bone density for the implant to take successfully. They are also done whenever bone loss may negatively affect neighboring teeth. Bone grafts are common, too, when severe periodontal disease causes bone loss, creating loose teeth that may be lost. In all these cases, bone grafts help reverse the bone loss process and create more stability for natural teeth roots or dental implants, giving you enough tooth-supporting bone for optimal oral health.

Many patients are anxious about a bone grafting procedure, but it is considered a minor surgical procedure. Only local anesthesia is needed, although we can provide sedation if necessary.

There may be some soreness to the site where the incision was made after your surgery which can be helped by over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Icing often helps, too. The soreness should only last a couple of days, and should not be severe.

There are different types of dental bone grafting. Socket preservation is a graft placed in a socket after a tooth extraction. Ridge augmentation may be used if you have had missing teeth for a period of time and your jawbone has started to thin. This increases the jawbone volume and width to allow for dental implants or procedures. A sinus lift raises the sinus area that has dropped due to tooth loss back to its proper position, with a bone graft placed underneath the sinus. Periodontal bone grafts are used when gum disease has eroded bone around teeth to secure and support them better.

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Benefits of Bone Grafting to Increase or Maintain Bone Volume

There are several benefits to bone grafting. A bone graft restores a healthy bone mass, which is essential for supporting the stability of your existing, natural tooth as well as for a tooth replacement like a dental implant. When you have a missing tooth, bone density in the surrounding bone often drops, so bone grafting material often needs to be added for the dental implant surgery to be successful. Bone grafting also is helpful in severe cases to prevent sagging of the jawbone and facial distortion due to bone loss. It is a critical procedure that helps greatly with your overall oral health, while restoring your self confidence, as well.

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Bone Grafting Procedure

Placement on Underlying Bone
The bone grafting material can come from you, an animal or human donor, or a synthetic substance. Grafting material can come as a powder, granules, putty or an injectable gel. A collagen membrane cover encourages better bone repair.
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An incision is made in your gum, and grafting material placed on the bone beneath. The bone minerals allow your body to deposit new bone cells around them. It acts like a scaffold for new bone to build on.
Dental Implants After Bone Grafting
For several months, your body replaces the graft with your own bone, helping you increase and maintain bone volume. Placement of dental implants or other procedures are now possible again.

Bone or Gum Tissue Consultation

If you have any concerns about your gums or bone structure, or if recommended by another professional, visit us for a consultation. We will review your case, examine you, and discuss options. No referral is necessary.

Treatment Plan Development

We will work with you to develop a treatment plan to restore your smile. We can offer sedation for procedures, although local anesthesia is usually all that is required.

Post Treatment Care

We will guide you on your post-treatment care. If you needed the treatment to allow for dental implants or another procedure, once you are fully healed, you should be able to have this procedure.
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Your Comfort During Treatment

At Waterloo West Dentistry, we understand you may be anxious about a treatment. We are experienced professionals with expertise in these treatments to ensure excellent results. We take advantage of advanced technology to provide you with the best results, and the most comfortable experience, whether you need gum or bone grafts, or both. Let us know if you have any concerns or individual factors that should be considered in treatment; we work closely with you to provide you with the best treatment options for your needs. We ensure you understand your treatment options and are confident with the procedure. We always take time to answer all of your questions. Our relaxed and friendly dental office will put you at ease, but if you are very anxious, we can offer sedation. At Waterloo West Dentistry, we make sure you have a positive experience throughout, and will leave with a beautiful smile!

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Gum Grafting Benefits

Healthy, adequate gums play an important role in protecting teeth. They protect teeth against bacteria, help with the stability of teeth, and contribute to an aesthetic look. Healthy gums protect against sensitivity, but when they recede and expose tooth roots, extreme temperature sensitivity can occur. When gums begin to recede due to trauma, periodontal disease, or other causes, it is beneficial to restore them. If your smile has changed over time, gum recession is often a factor.
Even if you have periodontal disease, gum grafting is still possible, and can benefit you greatly.
Gum grafting is an effective solution to reverse receding gums; this reversal is easily accomplished with this quick and safe procedure.
Gum grafting procedures are increasingly common to correct gum recession due to periodontal disease, aggressive tooth brushing, grinding, prior use of braces, malocclusion, or genetic factors.
A graft to the gum line has several potential benefits. It treats gum disease, including gingivitis or periodontal disease and reduces the risks of oral infections. Grafts will restore the protective layer against bacteria to prevent tooth decay, especially around the root area. It also reduces tooth sensitivity.
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Gum Tissue Grafting Procedure

Grafting gum tissue is considered a minor surgical procedure, and is pain-free. It involves placing soft tissue grafting material onto your gum line, to replace your lost gum tissue. This grafting material adds to your own gum tissues to create a more stable layer or banding around the tooth. Gum grafting can be used to cover an exposed tooth root, or generally increase gum thickness, depending on your specific needs.

The graft can come from your own tissue, often from your cheek or palate, or from donor tissues. Generally, using your own tissue provides the best results. Grafting your gum line is not painful; a local anaesthetic is used so you are comfortable during the procedure. Sedation is not necessary, but we can provide it for our anxious patients. The procedure usually takes about 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the procedure. Covering exposed roots is often a longer procedure than simply increasing the thickness. Once the affected areas are numbed, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum area. Next, your surgeon will harvest a small amount of tissue from the chosen donor site. Your gum graft is placed over the exposed teeth roots or wherever it needs to go. The gum tissue at the site is repositioned and the area stitched up. The sutures or stitches may fall out on their own or may need to be removed at another visit.

The recovery process takes about two weeks, and you will be able to eat and drink again relatively quickly, although you will need to limit yourself to soft foods and avoid hot food or drinks until the area has healed. You will also need to avoid brushing around the area until healed. There may be some sensitivity, but you should not experience pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers should help.

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