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Have receding gums compromised the health of your smile? This video discusses why gum recession occurs and what can be done for it.
A number of factors can contribute to gum recession. Some individuals may be predisposed to this condition because of genetics. Others might suffer an accident that induces receding gums. In many cases, though, the presence of periodontal disease causes the gums to retract from the teeth and induce tooth loss. Good oral hygiene is key to avoiding gum recession, but in the event that tooth loss has already occurred, an oral surgeon can administer dental implants to restore your smile.
For over 85 years, the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery has been helping residents in the greater San Diego community. Call us today at (619) 312-4417 to learn more about our services.
Tooth loss is not an isolated problem. If you lose a tooth from trauma or disease, it can have a residual effect on your surrounding teeth and gums. Gum recession and tooth instability often occur in response to tooth loss, which is why an oral surgeon may recommend dental implants. Aside from their evident aesthetic benefits, dental implants can reinforce tooth, bone, and gum tissue and prevent the occurrence of future tooth loss. In some cases, however, bone grafting may be required prior to the insertion of dental implants.
Why Is It Necessary
Unless tooth loss happens due to sudden trauma, it typically is the outcome of periodontal disease, a condition that may take its toll over months or years. By the time that tooth loss occurs, bone adjacent to the site of the missing tooth might also suffer considerable deterioration. If the natural bone is not strong enough to provide support for a dental implant, an oral surgeon might recommend bone grafting to reinforce the foundation of the dental device.
How Can It Be Done
Bone grafting has come a long way since the days when a patient’s own bone was required for the procedure. Instead of subjecting an individual to the inconvenience of harvesting his own bone, an oral surgeon can typically use alternate resources, including synthetic, cadaver, or bovine bone. This allows the bone grafting procedure to occur swiftly without additional time given to using the patient’s own bone tissue.
What Happens During the Procedure
An oral surgeon can implant the supplemental bone in just one visit. He may then recommend that a patient wait a few weeks or months for the bone to fuse with the surrounding tissue and become strong enough to anchor a dental implant. Once the bone graft has assimilated with the rest of the jawbone, the dental implant process can commence.
Do you have more questions about the bone grafting process? Call (619) 312-4417 to schedule a consultation at the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery. To learn more about our range of services, including wisdom teeth extraction and dental implants, please visit our website.
First aid is fundamental when a tooth gets knocked out or a jaw is broken. The Dental Trauma First Aid application can make sure that you know what to do during a dental emergency.
Medical emergencies can cause confusion and panic, which may prevent the accident victim from receiving the attention he requires prior to getting professional treatment. The Dental Trauma First Aid application allows users to safely and quickly help someone in need. By listing clear instructions on how to manage a wide range of dental emergencies, the Dental Trauma First Aid app could potentially save someone from permanently losing a tooth or suffering long-term jaw dysfunction.
When you need an oral surgeon, come to the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery. For more information on services, call our San Diego office at (619) 312-4417.
Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence!