For many, dental implants are an excellent way to restore health and aesthetics to a patient’s smile. Versatile, permanent, and designed to look as natural as possible, successful dental implants have the ability to transform lives.
However, not every patient is immediately ready for dental implant treatment. Gum disease, diminished bone structure, and broken teeth are all issues that can prevent your implant from successfully healing. At Larson Dental, our implant dentists in Prescott Valley, AZ offer a number of supplemental treatments that address these and other issues.
The reason dental implants are capable of providing the results they do is because of a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration is a direct structural and functional connection between ordered, living bone and the surface of the load-carrying dental implant, and is critical for implant stability. In order for osseointegration to succeed, it is important that your jawbone is strong enough to support implants.
One of the biggest side effects of tooth loss is bone resorption. When teeth are missing or the roots die, the bone loses this important stimulation and begins to shrink. Bone resorption also puts neighboring teeth at risk. If your jawbone has deteriorated to the point where it can no longer support dental implants, you may need a regeneration treatment before you can move forward with the implant procedure.
Bone grafting is one of the most common solutions for reversing the damage caused by bone loss. During this procedure, our dentists place supplemental bone tissue in the deficient area. Recovery is crucial, as this is where the jawbone heals around the newly grafted tissue and prepares it for dental implant placement.
While dental implants are an excellent option for restoring the smile after gum disease, patients will first need to undergo treatment for gum disease. Much like the jawbone, it is possible for your gums to deteriorate in a process referred to as gum recession. Treatment for gum disease can consist of a combination of bone grafting, soft tissue augmentation, and antibiotic treatment.
Our goal at Larson Dental is to help you achieve the smile you deserve and restore your confidence. After your dental implant consultation, our Prescott Valley dentists will walk you through the process, identify whether you need any supplemental procedures, and create the perfect treatment plan for your smile. If you’re ready, if you’re excited to replace those missing teeth with a long-lasting solution, call our office and schedule an appointment. We’re as excited as you are!
A supplemental procedure is used to prepare the teeth, gums, and jawbone for dental implant placement to ensure quality results. Patients who suffer from tooth loss, gum disease, or have worn long-term dentures typically don’t have enough bone density to support an implant — making them an ideal candidate for a supplemental procedure.