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Dental surgery in Beaconsfield
Dental surgery involves treatments that artificially modify the teeth.
When the time comes for an implant or a bridge, you may discover that the bone is not dense or healthy enough to hold the dental prosthesis. Several important factors impact jawbone volume: periodontal diseases, tooth extraction, injuries, and infections. All these circumstances call for a bone graft.
What does bone grafting entail?
Bone grafting is a restorative dental surgery that takes place over several stages and months. First, a piece of bone is removed from the chin or the back of the jaw and transplanted into the treatment area. Temporary screws keep the bone in place and facilitate fusion with the primary bone during cellular regeneration. Proper bone growth takes 3 to 6 months.
Once the bone is sufficiently dense, the temporary screws are removed and the implant or fixed bridge is put in place.
Why have a bone graft?
Dental implants – In order to hold, dental implants must be solidly anchored in the jawbone. If the latter is short on quantity or quality, a bone graft can strengthen and thicken the implant site.
Sinus lift – The sinus membrane sometimes descends towards the bone and hinders the implant. To counteract this, the dentist pierces an opening into the bone and elevates the membrane. The space created is filled with a compound that favours bone formation.
Alveolar ridge augmentation – The bone graft is used to rebuild the alveolar ridge and recreate the natural contour of the jaw.
Pocket reduction surgery (gingivectomy)
Gums affected by periodontal disease form gum pockets that extend into the root of the tooth. The pockets fill with bacteria, causing inflammation that destroys tooth and gum tissue. To maintain tissue health, pocket reduction surgery is necessary.
It’s a simple procedure. First, the gums are gently pulled back from the teeth to eliminate bacteria and tartar build-up underneath. If abnormalities, tartar, and plaque exist on the surface of the root, they are also thoroughly removed. The surface of the tooth must be smooth, otherwise the gums will not reattach.