Supplemental Procedures for Dental Implants in Columbus, OH

Create A Better Foundation For Dental Implants

Dental implants have become a popular tooth replacement option for patients looking to restore their smiles. While dental implants can be a standalone treatment, supplemental procedures are often recommended to enhance the implant foundation and ensure long-term success.

Dr. Sam Latif of Keep Smiling Columbus in Columbus, OH, often recommends soft tissue and bone grafting before placing dental implants to give his patients the best possible outcome. Schedule your dental implant consultation today by calling (614) 459-7300, and begin your journey to a stunning smile!

What Are Supplemental Procedures?

Supplemental procedures refer to additional dental treatments completed in conjunction with or to support the placement of dental implants. 

Some common supplemental procedures for implants include:

  • Bone Grafting: Augments the jawbone to allow for proper implant placement and integration where bone density is low.
  • Soft Tissue Grafting: Reinforces thin gingival tissues around implants for better aesthetics and protection.

Why Supplemental Procedures Are Crucial

Dental implants fuse to the jawbone for stability, so they rely on adequate jawbone density and volume. However, over time, tooth loss can cause bone deterioration. Supplemental procedures like bone grafting add bone mass to facilitate proper implant positioning even with deficiency.

Soft tissue grafting can also be necessary when a patient’s gums have receded and don’t fully hide the implant. These grafts protect the bone and create a better aesthetic environment for your prosthetic tooth.

a woman smiles after her supplemental procedures that helped her become a better candidate for dental implants

Types of Supplemental Procedures

Bone Grafting

There are several ways to restore bone volume:

  • Autograft: Uses your bone harvested from areas like the chin or hip. This is considered the gold standard.
  • Allograft: Processes donated human bone into particles.
  • Xenograft: Derived from animal bone sources, such as bovine.
  • Alloplast: Synthetic bone graft materials.
  • Demineralized Matrix: Donated bone to stimulate growth.

Soft Tissue Grafting

Some soft tissue grafts Dr. Latif may use around dental implants include:

  • Connective Tissue: Transplants a thin tissue layer from the palate.
  • Free Gingival Graft: Takes gum tissue from the palate to add thickness.
  • Allograft: Uses thawed donated cadaver tissue for minimal discomfort.

Candidacy for Supplemental Procedures

One or More Missing Teeth

People missing teeth are the best candidates for supplemental procedures because the bone structure beneath the tooth weakens over time. This bone structure must support the implant post, and bone grafting can help make you a better candidate for dental implants. 

Insufficient Bone Structure for Dental Implants

The foundation for dental implants must be strong enough to support the titanium tooth roots. Bone grafting can help rejuvenate the bone structure to create a better environment for osseointegration, during which the implant bonds with the jawbone. 

Receding Gums

Receding gums may also be a factor in your dental implant candidacy. Your gums must be able to cover the implant to protect it. Gum grafting can also make the implant look and feel like natural teeth.

Benefits of Supplemental Procedures

Undergoing supplemental treatments before implants provides significant advantages:

  • Enhanced Implant Stability: Grafts strengthen the foundation for durable implant retention.
  • Natural Aesthetics: Addressing deficiencies results in beautiful, natural-looking implants.
  • Improved Oral Health: Treating underlying issues prevents future complications.
  • Personalized Care: Procedures are tailored to your unique requirements.
  • Successful Integration: A well-prepared site boosts the likelihood of proper osseointegration.
  • Comfort: Adequate bone and tissue support contribute to comfortable biting and function.

The Supplemental Procedure Process

The process of undergoing a supplemental procedure is usually as follows:

  1. Initial Consultation: Your oral surgeon will examine the area needing implants and take 3D scans to assess bone and gum tissue quality and volume.
  2. Treatment Plan: If you need bone grafting to augment the ridge before implants, this procedure is planned for four to six months before implant placement to allow sufficient healing time.
  3. Bone Grafting: This surgery adds bone volume and density to the implant site. 
  4. Implant Placement: Once the grafted bone has matured, we’ll schedule the implant surgery. Dr. Latif will place the posts into the newly augmented bone for optimal stability.
  5. Healing Time: Several months enables the implants to fuse securely to the jawbone through osseointegration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Become A Better Candidate for Dental Implants

Have you been told you’re not a good candidate for dental implants? Supplemental procedures can help. Schedule a consultation at Keep Smiling Columbus to determine which, if any, supplemental treatments could benefit your case.

Call (614) 459-7300 or request an appointment online to meet with Dr. Latif. Discover how supplemental treatments can help you achieve your healthiest, most confident smile.