Our gums often get overlooked in favor of our teeth, but the truth is that without this soft, pink tissue we wouldn’t have teeth at all. Our gums play a crucial role in both protecting our tooth roots and in holding our teeth firmly in place. If gum tissue becomes compromised, it can have a devastating effect on the longevity of our teeth and can even affect our overall health and wellbeing. This is because, if left untreated, bacteria that cause issues such as gum disease can enter the bloodstream and use it to pass around your body to other organs, triggering inflammation and infection in other body systems. Patients with gum disease have been found to be significantly more likely to go on to develop health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Gum recession, where the gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth creating a gap between them, is a fairly common occurrence in patients with moderate to severe gum disease. Not only does this look unsightly and can make your smile seem unattractive, but these gaps, called periodontal pockets, are ideal for trapping even more bacteria and food debris, contributing towards further plaque and gum disease.
The good news is that it is possible to regenerate gum tissue, reattaching it to the teeth so that the symptoms of periodontal disease do not worsen, and you are restored with a healthy, attractive smile. This treatment is best performed by an experienced and skilled periodontist and we are pleased to be able to offer comprehensive gum regeneration services performed by our periodontist here at our dental offices in the Upper east Side, NY.
Gum grafting is one of the most popular and successful methods of gum generation. The process involves taking soft tissue from the palate, which is the roof of the mouth, and attaching it to the areas of your gums that require regeneration using sutures. As the graft heals into place it grows with the gums around your teeth, covering any pockets that have formed and closing against your teeth to form an even smile line.
Gum grafting is an invasive procedure and so it is usually performed using a local anesthetic, with sedation possible if required. You will need to follow a soft-food diet and take special care of your teeth and gums while the graft heals. Our skilled periodontist, Dr. Baradarian, will give you specific instructions to follow during this time.
Over time, patients that are affected by tooth loss as a result of severe gum disease can find that their jaw bone deteriorates in density and quality. This can affect a patient’s face shape as well as their ability to be able to receive a tooth replacement solution such as a dental implant. As such, bone grafting is a common procedure as part of gum regeneration processes.
Just like gum grafting, bone grafting involves your natural bone, or an artificial alternative being taken and placed onto the area of the jaw that requires support. This is attached using special grafting material and both the existing and new bone regenerate together, adding strength and stability to your jaw. This procedure is also commonly used to prepare the jaw to receive dental implants. This is because dental implants involve a titanium post being placed into the jaw to form a permanent base for the visible artificial tooth.
The sinuses are the connected system of hollow cavities in the skull that are believed to help with our respiratory processes. Two of the sinuses, known as the maxillary sinuses, are located either side of the nose and above the upper jaw. If you have experienced tooth loss as a result of gum disease and are considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, our periodontist, Dr. Baradarian, may first recommend that you have a procedure called a sinus lift.
A sinus lift is necessary when the bone in the upper jaw is too close to the sinuses, and where the placement of implant posts could potentially cause damage to them. There are several surgical techniques that can be used in a sinus lift, and Dr. Baradarian will be able to advise you exactly what you can expect from this procedure. If your sinuses are in close proximity to your upper jaw, a sinus lift can greatly increase the likelihood that our dental implant procedure will be successful. For more information, please don't hesitate to call us at 646-846-7710.