Technology is crucial within dentistry to ensure that the best possible outcome is always on the table. Imagery can give your trained oral health provider the best possible information to diagnose issues as early as possible. The development of Computer-Aided Design and 3D printing is allowing our industry to take monumental leaps forward in the possibilities in prosthodontics.
But patients may understandably question new dental technology. After all, one of the most important parts of your smile relies on its functionality and resilience. Having a beautiful smile now is amazing, but our Cerritos, CA dental office focuses on lasting improvements that can keep your oral health strong. An integrated approach helps to bring the best of tested techniques, while building upon this science!
Grafting Restores Healthy Tissue
One of the most important procedures available to a contemporary dentist is known as a graft. This is the implantation or movement of tissue from one area of the body to another. You may be familiar with this concept through its use in skin for serious burn victims. Interestingly enough, sometimes this material can even come from someone besides you!
Grafting is helpful within dentistry through two main forms of biological material. In order to reinforce the structure of the jaw, oral surgeons can use bone matter to rebuild the location. One primary instance of this is at an area of a tooth extraction. When the body loses a vital piece it can reabsorb some of the resources to best protect the remaining health. In order to place an implant, for instance, a stronger jaw may be necessary to ensure that a prosthetic can safely function.
Restoring Your Gumline Through Surgery
Another area where grafting can be significantly beneficial is in the treatment of periodontal disease. Infection is very common in adult gums and can lead to harmful damage. This material starts to pull back from its natural location on your tooth. When this happens, the unprotected mechanisms beneath are suddenly in contact with the mouth. This means infection can asily spread to the tooth and even the bone!
The most proven method of periodontal repair also uses the technique of grafting, albeit in a slightly different manner. For many patients, an external source of tissue is unnecessary. Instead, once your oral surgeon has removed any damaged material, your remaining gums can stretch to cover the needed area.
For some, the periodontal disease has progressed to a point where it requires more tissue than can be found at that site. In these cases, a secondary site such as the soft palate or roof of the mouth can serve as a transplant donor. Both of these procedures require about a week-long recovery of a soft diet. But you should be able to resume your daily activities soon after surgery!
Give Your Smile New Strength!
Oral surgery can help you to have the smile of your dreams. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We can work to give you the foundation to keep your future bright!