Many patients wonder if they can count on using a dental implant for teeth replacement instead of having a bridge put in. Implants are optimal for the replacement of small spans of teeth, having been originally devised for it. While implant placement procedures and techniques have advanced quite a bit, allowing for everything from single-tooth to full-arch replacement, the implant still requires supporting tissue to properly anchor it. That is why so many patients are unsure if they qualify, since tooth loss is often accompanied by tissue loss. Luckily, bone grafting provides a path forward in those cases.

How Grafts Help With Implant Access

When patients lack the tissue needed to properly anchor an implant in the jaw, a tissue graft can help create the scaffolding needed. Properly placed grafts heal into position and generate new tissue to compensate for what was lost due to gum disease, trauma, or other causes. Simple tissue grafts to add more to the gums are very common, and bone grafts can even be used to add thicker support below sinus cavities or to strengthen a jawbone.

Can Grafts Be Placed With Implants?

That’s a good question, and it depends on which patient asks it. Dr. Saunders can place most implants as part of the same procedure that places grafts around them to hold them where they should be, but some cases might require two procedures. It depends on the exact grafting technique in play and the patient’s health.

Once implants are placed, they are built to help preserve jaw tissue, so after a graft most patients find the tissue degeneration will not return.

For more information, contact the Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute today to set up your consultation. Our team is ready to help you find a convenient time to learn more.