Gum disease and reduced bone density in the jaw are two conditions that can be aggravated by both dentures and dental bridges. And both of these conditions will also complicate the process of getting dental implants. Luckily, Dr. Talva Grundstrom Joost offers procedures that will enable many with gum disease or low bone density in the jawbone to receive dental implants.
Bone grafting is a guided tissue regeneration of bone mass in the human body. This minimally invasive surgical treatment is often used for people who are interested in dental implants but don’t have sufficient bone density for the implant to successfully anchor itself in the jawbone. Bone density in the jawbone diminishes whenever a person loses a tooth. The disintegration of bone matter around the region of a missing tooth is called resorption. This can be a serious issue because when teeth are missing, your jaw quickly atrophies all the way down to the basal bone.
Dentures and dental bridges also increase the occurrence of bone resorption in the jawbone. This can be a problem for people who are interested in getting dental implants because a certain amount of bone mass in the jawbone is necessary in order for the implant to be successful.
In many cases, Dr. Grundstrom Joost is able to provide bone grafting for people who need to enhance bone mass in order to produce the necessary platform for their dental implants. Bone grafting helps to ensure that there is sufficient bone mass in the jawbone for dental implants to be effective.
Whichever type of material Dr. Grunstrom Joost selects for your bone grafting, rest assured that your tissue will be completely processed by our laboratory to be safe, sterile, and compatible with your body. Bone grafting is a minimally invasive procedure which usually only requires a local anesthetic. It is typically provided as an outpatient procedure at Central Dental Care.
Gum disease (periodontitis) is another factor that can complicate dental implant surgery. This occurs because bacteria feeds on the plaque that forms naturally on a person’s teeth. If this plaque is not properly managed, it can cause gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease. With gingivitis, infection leads to inflammation that makes the gums swell and can cause bleeding when you brush your teeth. Periodontal disease starts with the gums, but it can spread to surrounding tissue. This is why it is so important to practice good oral hygiene and to schedule regular cleaning appointments with Central Care Dental.
The good news is that Dr. Grundstrom Joost offers treatment options for people who suffer from gum disease, including, scaling and root planing, medication, flap surgery, and bone or tissue grafts. After completing necessary treatment, most of our patients are able to receive successful, long-lasting dental implants.
Scaling and root planing is a two-step process that involves scraping plaque from the teeth and then smoothing out the rough spots on your tooth’s roots so there will no longer be gaps between the tooth and gum. In flap surgery tartar is removed from the pockets that form around the teeth and then the pockets are closed with stitches.
More serious cases of gum disease may require a gum graft. As with a bone graft, a gum graft involves surgically implanting a small piece of tissue in order to replace damaged gums. Unlike a bone graft, however, a gum graft always consists of tissue from tissue your own body. Tissue from the roof of your mouth is stitched over the damaged section of your gums.
Visit Dr. Grundstrom Joost at Central Dental Care as soon as possible if you are considering dental implants. The sooner you get in touch us, the sooner we can determine what you need to do to prepare for dental implants. Pick up your phone and call us today!
Dr. Talva Grundstrom Joost
2022 William Street
Jefferson City, MO
Monday: 8AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 4PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 4PM
Friday: 8AM – 1PM