Hard Tissue Augmentation & Soft Tissue Augmentation

Hard Tissue Augmentation and Soft Tissue Augmentation

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Hard Tissue Augmentation and Soft Tissue Augmentation are dental procedures that correct soft tissue and hard tissue defects in patients. Often, both these corrections are needed to correct defects that may be due to a variety of issues that may or may not include periodontal infestations, localised trauma and apparent loss of teeth.

Dental implants have become increasingly favourable for the replacement of missing teeth as well as a treatment alternative for teeth with poor diagnosis. But in order for an implant to be placed, the tooth needs to first be extracted (if not extracted before). As soon as a tooth is extracted, the soft and hard tissue surrounding that tooth undergo changes:Soft tissue changes – immediately after extraction there is loss in gingival architecture.Hard tissue changes – the form and density of the alveolar bone, which is the bone surrounding and holding the teeth in your gum, is lost after an extraction. This is because the alveolar bone needs mechanical stimulation to maintain its form and density.

However, in some patients there are pre-existing defects in the soft and hard tissue due to periodontal disease, trauma or tooth loss.

Consult Dr Ehsan Melatti about your option about hard tissue augmentation and soft tissue augmentation surgical procedures.

Before an implant can be placed, the changes in the soft and hard tissue after extraction, or the pre-exiting defects in the soft and hard tissue due to periodontal disease, need to first be corrected. This treatment is called ‘soft and hard tissue augmentation’ and is performed by a specialist periodontist.

These surgical treatments use soft and hard tissue grafts to increase the volume of available soft and hard tissue, allowing the implant to be placed securely and to achieve a more functional and aesthetic result. The grafts may be taken from another location inside your own mouth or more commonly, animal-derived or synthetic grafts may be utilised.

To prevent an incorrectly planned and positioned implant, it is recommended that you see a periodontist. At the initial appointment, the periodontist will thoroughly analyse the anatomic situation of the site needing implant and advise you if soft/hard tissue grafting is required prior to placing the implant. This appointment usually takes 30-45 minutes. If you do require surgery, the length of time of surgery varies depending on the exact nature of the procedure and number of teeth/implants involved.

To know more about hard tissue augmentation and soft tissue augmentation surgical interventions, call Precision Periodontics on (02) 8093 2680 or book an appointment with Dr Ehsan Mellati today.