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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Grafting and Surgery to Prepare for Implants and Other Operations

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    Specialties represented among ABOI Diplomates include general practice, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontology, and prosthodontics. The ABOI/ID Diplomate designation symbolizes the highest level of competence in implant dentistry. Certification by the ABOI/ID attests to the fact that a dentist has demonstrated knowledge, ability, and proficiency in implant dentistry through a rigorous examination process.

    What are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

    Gum grafting and bone grafting are two of the most important procedures for getting dental implants. The benefits of these procedures are numerous, and they can help improve the quality of life for many people. Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking tissue from another part of the mouth and attaching it to the gums around a dental implant or implants. This procedure helps to reduce the risk of infection and also improves the cosmetic appearance of the implants. The gum tissue can also help to protect the implants from damage and wear. By protecting the implants, gum grafting can help to ensure that they last longer and look better. 

    Bone grafting is another important procedure for dental implants. This procedure involves taking bone from another part of the mouth or using sterilized bone from a secondary source and placing it in the area of the implant. This helps to strengthen the jawbone and provide a secure base for the implant. Bone grafting can also help to reduce the risk of infection and improve the cosmetic appearance of the implants. 

    There are several factors that can influence the need for gum grafting and bone grafting with dental implants. The first factor is the amount of bone loss that has occurred in the area. If the bone has been weakened or has been lost due to gum disease or trauma, the implant may not have the necessary support for the implant to stay in place. In this case, bone grafting can be used to restore the bone structure and provide the necessary support. The second factor is the size of the implant. If the implant is too large, it may not fit properly or may cause discomfort. The best solution is to replace the implant but if that is not an option, gum grafting or bone grafting may be necessary to increase the size of the jawbone to better accommodate that implant. Finally, the type of implant used can also influence the need for gum grafting and bone grafting. Some implants require more support than others, and this can be provided by either gum grafting or bone grafting. 

    Overall, gum grafting and bone grafting are important procedures for dental implants. These procedures can help to improve the quality of life for many people by reducing the risk of infection, improving the cosmetic appearance of the implants, and providing the necessary support for the implants to stay in place. By understanding the factors that influence the need for these procedures, people can make informed decisions about their dental implants and the best way to proceed with the procedure.


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