Types of Grafts Commonly Done to Help Restore Smiles
Bone grafts are used to help restore bone where degeneration has taken bone away. When you lose a tooth, the bone around where the tooth was, begins to deteriorate. Eventually, this bone is no longer strong enough to support a tooth replacement like an implant. In order to strengthen that bone back up, a bone graft is used. This fuses with the bone already there, and adds the necessary strength to repair the jaw. Then, an implant can go in.
Gum grafts are also used in many cases when teeth need replacing. When a tooth is lost, the bone deteriorates. However, the gums also recede at that point. Since there is no bone left, the gums shrink back, and are not as plentiful. So, in order to do something like dental implants, gum grafting sometimes needs to happen as well.
If you want to restore a confident smile after tooth loss, you may have to go through a graft. However, once the healing is done from that, you could very well see at a confident smile looking back at you each time you peer into the mirror.
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