Gum or bone resorption can have a profound impact on your oral health. Therefore, it is not something you can take lightly. To understand more about resorption and gum health, we first need to define it.
What Is Resorption?
Periodontally, resorption may happen if a tooth is missing and the gum resorbs or shrinks, or if the bone resorbs or deteriorates. In this case, disease pathogens cause bone loss. In either case, resorption may require that we recommend bone grafting or tissue grafting solutions. These grafts are necessary to provide a strong seal and anchor for teeth that have been affected by periodontal disease. If you don't address these problems, it can be hard, for example, to place implants, or to supply the support needed to keep implants intact. According to the American Society of Microbiology, gingival inflammation along with alveolar bone destruction and bacterial infection naturally contribute to periodontal disease. However, the mechanisms of bone loss and resorption are not fully understood. If there is tissue and bone resorption, we generally turn to grafting as a solution. Otherwise, a patient's periodontal health can be compromised.
How Gum and Bone Grafting Help
Gum or bone grafts often are recommended to provide the needed gum tissue and bone tissue to place implants. Unless we address periodontal disease first, we cannot recommend other dental solutions, such as the placement of implants for crowns, fixed dentures, or fixed bridges. Grafting of the gum tissue is the best way to reduce further problems with infections while bone grafting provides a strong foundation for placing restorations, such as implants.
Do you have problems with gum shrinkage or resorption? If you need to learn more about grafting procedures to improve your gum and oral health, book an appointment so we can go over the procedures and processes. Contact us online or by phone to set a time for a comprehensive periodontal exam (CPE) and consultation today.