The underlying bone in your jaw is the foundation for the overlying gum tissue. The combination of your bone density and healthy gum tissue is the base of support for the longevity, function and aesthetics of the final outcome of dental restorations and implants.
Purpose Of Soft & Hard Tissue Grafting
There are situations when bone or soft tissue has been lost from the face and jaws, whether it be from trauma, infection, or age. In some cases we need to replace these missing tissues to restore function and/or aesthetics. This process is referred to as grafting. Just some of the many types of graft we perform include:
Grafts to replace the gum tissue, when it has receded and exposed the tooth roots
Bone grafts to replace the missing jaw when an accident has damaged it
Grafting to the socket when teeth are extracted, to preserve the bone and facial contour
“Sinus lifts”, where the sinus floor has grown down over time and we need to move it back up to place dental implants
Gingival grafting where we move a band of thick, healthy gum tissue to the outside of the teeth.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue, or gum, grafting helps correct and prevent the progression of receding gums. As gums deteriorate, they expose the roots of your teeth and make them more sensitive and prone to decay. By taking tissue from another area of your gum or mouth or from a donor, or using synthetic material to cover tooth roots that are exposed, roots gain protection as further tissue loss is prevented.
Hard Tissue Grafting
Hard tissue, or bone, grafting can stimulate bone growth by replacing lost bone with either natural or synthetic bone where it was lost. Along with that procedure, we can also perform guided tissue regeneration to prevent the gum tissue from growing into the area where the bone should be.