Your oral health plays a crucial role in the success of your dental implants. Fortunately, you can take advantage of supplemental procedures to enhance the outcome of your dental implant procedure in the short and long run.
At Herman Family Dentistry, our Vincennes, IN, implant dentist Dr. Eric Herman, offers various supplemental procedures to strengthen and prepare your teeth, gums, and jawbone for implant placement. These procedures help establish a robust and healthy foundation, ensuring the implant’s long-lasting stability.
Tooth loss can lead to jawbone deterioration, weakening the area and making it unsuitable for dental implant placement. In such cases, a bone graft can be an effective solution. Dr. Herman will apply the donated bone material to the weakened area of the jawbone, which stimulates the growth of new bone tissue. This newly formed bone provides a solid foundation for the dental implant and enhances its long-term success.
Soft tissue augmentation is an important supplemental procedure that can be done before dental implant placement to ensure the health of your gums. When gums recede, they expose the roots of your teeth, which can cause discomfort, sensitivity, and an increased risk of decay. Additionally, the receding gums may not be able to provide adequate support to your dental implant, leading to complications down the line.
During soft tissue augmentation, Dr. Herman will use a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or a donated piece of tissue to cover the exposed roots of your teeth. This will restore the gumline and protect your teeth from further damage. By ensuring that your gums are healthy and strong, you can improve the chances of a successful dental implant placement and reduce the risk of future oral health issues.
Dr. Herman offers a ridge augmentation procedure to restore the natural shape of the gums and jaw after tooth loss. This treatment uses bone and soft tissue grafts to repair damaged areas where the tooth once was and prepare the area for dental implant placement. It can be performed immediately after tooth extraction or when a tooth has been missing for a while. Ridge augmentation is especially helpful for patients who have bone defects or have experienced physical trauma to the jaw.
If a patient needs a dental implant in their upper jawbone, sometimes there simply isn’t enough bone to support it. This can cause the sinuses to enlarge, further complicating the situation. To address this issue, Dr. Herman can perform a sinus augmentation procedure. During this procedure, donated bone tissue is placed into the sinus cavity above the upper jaw, which thickens the bone and creates enough space to support a dental implant.
A sinus augmentation is a common supplemental procedure that is often performed before dental implant placement in the upper jawbone. It can help patients who have experienced bone loss due to gum disease, tooth loss, or other reasons.
Maintaining healthy gums is essential for the success of your dental implants. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can cause:
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek treatment for gum disease before undergoing implant placement. By treating gum disease before implant placement, we can improve the success and longevity of your dental implants.
Without it, you face a significantly higher risk of implant failure, infection, or possibly even tooth or bone loss.
If you’re missing teeth and are considering replacing them with dental implants, call our office at (812)-882-1572 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Herman. During this visit, he can answer questions about implants, determine if you’d benefit from any supplemental procedures, and help you decide if this treatment is right for you.
You can also fill out our convenient online contact form, and one of our team members will get back to you shortly. Herman Family Dentistry proudly provides implant dentistry services to patients in the Vincennes area and the surrounding areas like Washington, Bruceville, and Decker, IN.
Dr. Eric Herman
608 South Quail Run Road
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