Soft Tissue Grafting
When teeth are lost, along with atrophy of the bone, shrinking of the soft tissue and gums also occur. When implants are placed in the esthetic zone, i.e. front teeth, grafting of deficient gum tissue might be required to achieve a natural, healthy smile around the implant and crown. This could potentially require a mucosal (gum) graft from your palate to the region around the implant and crown. If needed, this would occur later in the treatment sequence after the bone graft and implants have completely healed. Your surgeon will make the recommendation of when or if this procedure will be needed throughout the course of your treatment.
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