Do You Need a Gum Graft or Bone Graft?

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Do You Need a Gum Graft or Bone Graft?

Are you considering a gum or bone graft? Did your dentist recommend a graft? We take you through the differences between gum and bone grafts here!

Gum versus Bone Grafts

There are two types of grafts in the dentistry world - gum and bone. Continue reading to learn more about each procedure and whether it might be right for you!

Gum Grafts

Gum grafts are for patients whose gums are receding too quickly - leading to loosening or lost teeth, infection, and general discomfort.

For these grafts, tissue is taken from your palate (usually) and used to cover the root of your tooth. Gum grafts have a very high success rate and are usually healed within 4 to 8 weeks!

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Before and After a Gum Graft

Bone Grafts

Bone grafts are for patients that don’t have enough bone density for implants. The bone for these grafts can be taken from the patient, synthetic, or taken from a similar genetic match - and is then implanted into the relevant area of the jaw.

Bone grafts are done before the implant placement. Timing of implant placement is very important. If the implant is placed too soon before the graft has had enough time to heal and solidify, then the implant will shift. If the implant is placed too long after the graft has healed and solidified, then there's a chance of resorption and melting of graft due to loss of bone volume.

Following surgery, the most important thing is to keep the area clean. It could take 3-6 months for the graft to heal and solidify.

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A bone graft can help you get your picture-perfect smile back!

Looking for more information about gum or bone grafts? Book a consultation with Dentistry in Waterloo HERE!

Dr. Holman Yu has over 14 years of experience and offers consultations to help you decide whether a gum or bone graft would be beneficial to your oral, and overall, health. Click HERE for more information!