Bone Grafting Goes Minimally Invasive

Much like how knee surgery of the past has been updated with a less invasive approach involving small incisions and laparoscopic tools, so has bone grafting for the oral cavity. Dr. Lauren Anderson is S.M.A.R.T (Subperiosteal Minimally invasive Aesthetic Ridge augmentation Technique) certified and trained by its founder Dr. Ernesto Lee. With this technique, Dr. Lauren Anderson is able to offer less invasive options to predictably regenerate lost bone. S.M.A.R.T. indications include bone growth prior to implant placement (congenitally missing teeth, ridge atrophy, trauma etc.) and jaw expansion for orthodontic patients who do not have adequate bone thickness to allow for tooth movement.  

bone grafting

In the above image, please note the before and after grafting radiographic images of a patient seeking implant therapy. The jaw bone is surrounded by cortical bone shown as a curved white line (upper image) and is insufficient for implant placement, the new jaw bone as the larger area of white to the lateral of the initial outline (lower image) now a surplus of bone noted for ideal implant placement.  This case, courtesy of Dr. Ernesto Lee, is an example of the results that are routinely reached with this grafting technique. The patient reported little to no discomfort and minimal swelling after the procedure. Bone requires 6 months to heal prior to the next phase of therapy, implant placement. 

For a consultation with Dr. Lauren Anderson or to see if you are a candidate for this new grafting technique, please contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910.

How a Periodontist Can Make You a Stronger Candidate for Dental Implants

It’s exciting- the prospect of having replacement teeth implanted, restoring both function and esthetics to your smile. But just a few simple words, “you aren’t a good candidate for dental implants,” can dash hopes of smiling confidently again and again enjoying foods you could no longer eat after losing your natural teeth.

However, a periodontist can offer you more advanced solutions to regrow lost bone and allow dental implants to be placed. These are some of the things an experienced periodontist in Bloomfield Hill, MI can do to keep your help you become a stronger candidate for dental implants.

The Standard Bone Grafting Process

Your jawbone is made of living tissue. The roots of natural teeth, which are housed in the jawbone, keep the bone stimulated. But when teeth fall out or are knocked out, the area once stimulated by natural teeth begins to deteriorate.

Bone grafting after extraction can help preserve areas susceptible to bone loss and can even regenerate new bone tissue.

After you’ve been giving a local anesthetic, your periodontist will fold back a small flap of your gum to access the area of the jawbone threatened by deterioration. Your periodontist will pack bone particles into the area.

Within a few months, usually about three to six, the graft material will be absorbed and replaced with new bone growth.

Advanced Grafting Solutions

Below are some of the many advanced bone grafting solutions offered at Anderson Periodontal Wellness:

Ridge preservation – the procedure helps save bone after a tooth is lost or pulled. The socket is packed with natural bone particles to minimize bone loss during the healing process. This, many times, prevents the need for more invasive grafting in the future by preserving the natural anatomy.

Guided tissue regeneration – biocompatible membrane is placed over a bone graft, helping your periodontist manage the regeneration of bone and gum tissue.

S.M.A.R.T – much like a soft tissue graft can be tunneled under your gum for root coverage, Dr. Lauren Anderson is trained to perform minimally invasive SMART procedures to reach bone growth through a similar tunnel in the gum.

Block grafting – in extreme cases of bone loss, bone from the side of your jaw or chin can be moved to the area of deficit. This bone can harbor dental implants after 6 – 9 months of healing.

Bone Morphogenic Protein (BMP) Growth Factors – a supplemental technique that leverages growth factors and new bone material to quicken regeneration time and predictably guide tissue growth.

More on Bone Grafting in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Reserve a time to talk with a Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about your options for getting dental implants in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Please reach Anderson Periodontal Wellness by phone at (248) 480-4910.

Got You Covered: Periodontal Techniques for Gum Recession

When the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, exposing tooth roots and making teeth look longer, turn to a dentist who specializes in treating recession- a periodontist. Find out how a periodontist in Bloomfield Hills, MI can treat your gum recession and restore your smile.

What Makes Gum Surgery Worth It?

Appearances aren’t everything, but they can go a long way in elevating your quality of life knowing the foundation structures of your teeth are stable. Most gum recession cases are treated for health reasons and as an added benefit, esthetics improve.

Check out some of the top benefits of having your gum recession treated:

  • Corrects high risk problematic dental anatomy
  • Prevents further recession
  • Can lower teeth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Protects the roots of teeth, which helps protect teeth from decay
  • Improves smiles and can boost confidence
  • Promotes a healthier mouth in general

A Look at Gum Grafting Procedures

Take a look at some of the advanced solutions you’ll find at Anderson Periodontal Wellness:

Coronally advanced flap technique – using small vertical incisions to the gums, the periodontist will carefully advance the gum to cover exposed tooth roots.

Tunneling – this minimally invasive technique entails creating a thin tunnel in the gums, near the site of the gum recession. Graft material is inserted into the tunnel, which is drawn out to cover the exposed tooth roots.

Free gingival graft – this technique involving using donor tissue from another area of the mouth to graft onto the area where your gums are receding.

Keep in Mind

There are many techniques an experienced periodontist can perform to stop gum recession and restore the esthetics of your smile. To get the most of your investment, proper long-term oral hygiene practices are critical. Brushing and flossing techniques will be reviewed to help best maintain your new smile!

Gum Recession in Bloomfield Hills, Mi

Reserve a time to talk with a Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about your options for correcting your gum recession in Bloomfield Hills, MI by contacting Anderson Periodontal Wellness by phone at (248) 480-4910.

A look at Life with New Teeth

Losing permanent teeth is often a very difficult process to navigate, one that plays out over years or even decades. As the teeth slowly fail, things that used to give you joy may no longer do so. With full arch dental implants, however, you can have another chance at restoring your smile, one that you can count on. Take a glimpse at what your future could look like with replacement teeth anchored by titanium dental implants.

What Makes Dental Implants a Game Changer?

While conventional dentures rely on adhesives and suction to keep your replacement teeth in place, dental appliances fixed to dental implants will stay firmly in place – even when they’re tasked with getting through “chewy,” “fibrous” or “dense” things.

After proper multi-disciplinary planning, your periodontist will insert titanium screws into your jawbone in the same fashion that natural teeth take root into the same areas of the bone. Time is required for the implants to fuse with the bone. This is known as osseointegration.  Once your surgeon has verified stability, your general dentist will affix permanent restorations to the implant posts – the “abutment” will serve as the connector for each implant post and “cap” on your restoration. Dental implants can anchor implant-supported dentures, zirconia bridges and more.

Expand Your Diet

Extensive tooth loss can eliminate food items as simple and as common as sandwiches, steak or fresh veggies. For many people, conventional dentures just “don’t cut it”, quite literally, as this ages-old approach to replacing missing teeth is notorious for slipping out of place when eating and talking. However, with your replacement teeth supported by dental implants, each day is a new opportunity to get reacquainted with foods you used to enjoy.

Be Heard and Understood

Because your permanent replacement teeth will be anchored to dental implants, you’ll once again have the ability to speak with confidence, secure in the knowledge that your teeth won’t shift awkwardly in your mouth or agitate your gums.

More on Dental Implants in Bloomfield Hill, MI

Reserve a time to talk with Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about dental implants and your options in Bloomfield Hills, MI by reaching out to Anderson Periodontal Wellness by phone at (248) 480-4910.