Regenerative procedures are also used in order to place dental implants. In order to place a dental implant, the bone has to be thick enough to support it. Sometimes when the bone is too thin, we can augment the area with a bone graft in an effort to regain the bone thickness needed. This procedure involves placing the bone graft material under the gum tissue to your desired thickness.
The bone graft is sometimes mixed with growth factors to help accentuate the healing process. A membrane is then placed over the bone graft and the area is sutured to allow for undisturbed healing. Think of a membrane as a “Band-Aid” that covers the bone to help hold it in place while healing takes place. Approximately, 3-6 months later the bone will have healed enough to support the placement of a dental implant.
Dr. Quintero may need to increase the amount of bone in a particular area for proper dental implant placement once he has examined it with the aid of our in house 3D-scanner (CBCT). Recent developments in bone grafting techniques have made implant treatment possible in cases that would have been impossible just a few years ago.
Guided bone regeneration (GBR): removing a tooth or multiple teeth
Bone grafts is used to help aid the healing process of bone in a protected and guided way. Dr. Quintero’s preferred method is to place a bone graft at the same visit that the tooth is extracted; this will prevent shrinkage and loosing the width, height and thickness of the natural bone so a dental implant or a natural looking bridge may be created to enhance your natural smile.
Different types of bone grafting materials are now available:
At HQ Dontics and Associates we only use Allograft.
Autograft: Tissue is transferred from one position to another within the same individual.
Allograft: Tissue transferred from one individual to another of same species after the bone has been properly processed. University of Miami (DFDBA, FDBA ).
Xenograft: Tissue transferred from one species to another species.
Alloplast: A synthetic graft or inert foreign body implanted into tissue.
The bone regeneration can enhance the gingival architecture and help establish a natural smile. A combination of bone grafts and collagen membranes are used at the time of tooth extraction to prevent shrinkage of your natural bone. Once it has healed; your gingiva (Gum) below the bridge will have a natural and healthy looking appearance.
Guided tissue regeneration (GTR): keeping your teeth
It is a delicate procedure to recreate new bone, gingiva and support around your teeth when periodontal disease has affected them. It’s aim is to help you maintain your natural teeth. A minor surgery is made to access the diseased bone surrounding your tooth, followed by the complete removal of toxins, calculus and diseased tissue to allow a better visibility of your healthy bone. New bone and a Collagen membrane are placed to re-create your lost bone and gingiva.
Exposed Tooth roots are the result of gum recession, heavy traumatic brushing and/or thin gingiva. Gum graft surgery will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss by increasing the thickness of your gingiva and in some occasions, covering the exposed roots.
During the gum graft surgery, we may take gum tissue from the roof of your moth or a tissue bank to cover your exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth making your gum line uniform and reducing teeth sensitivity.
Gum Graft surgery will give you a beautiful new smile and improved your periodontal health.
HIGHLIGHTS Regenerative Procedures
Recent developments in bone grafting techniques have made implant treatment possible in cases that would have been impossible just a few years ago.
Gum graft surgery will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss by increasing the thickness of your gingival and in some occasions, covering the exposed roots.
Collagen membranes and bone grafts or bone-stimulating proteins are used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue in a guided fashion.