Advanced Dental Implant Procedures – Cambridge, OH
Getting Your Jaw Ready for Implants
Part of your initial consultation to receive dental implants will include a thorough examination of your jaw. We need to make sure that there’s an adequate level of bone density in the areas where the posts need to be inserted. If there isn’t, the procedure can’t move forward. Thankfully, oral surgeons like Dr. Jeff Lee have the advanced skills to regrow bone where needed, not only creating the ideal site for implants, but also restoring much-needed functionality and aesthetic quality. Please contact Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery today to learn more about the implant process and the advanced procedures it may involve.
Whenever you’ve lost one or more teeth, a serious consequence is the gradual reabsorption of the jawbone. Since that area is no longer being used, it starts to break down. Other reasons for bone loss include physical injuries or the presence of gum disease. In order to rebuild the area, Dr. Lee can perform a bone graft.
Bone grafting is a procedure where bone tissue is added to areas where it’s missing. The tissue can be taken from another one of your bones, but it may also come from a cadaver or an animal. There are even examples of synthetic material being used for bone grafting. In any case, once the graft is in place, the jaw will start to create new bone tissue of its own. Eventually, there’ll be enough bone to support the dental implant posts.
Keep in mind that it can take several months for a major bone graft to fully take effect; you’ll have to wait until you’ve fully recovered before you can move on with the process. On the other hand, if you only need a minor bone graft, you might be able to have the grafting procedure and the implant placement performed during the same visit.
Sinus Lift Procedure
Your sinuses are located above your upper teeth and behind your cheeks, where some of the roots extend. If some or all these teeth have to be removed, patients often find that there’s only a very thin area of bone that separates the sinuses from the mouth; this can lead to complications during implant placement. For this reason, a sinus lift procedure is usually recommended when teeth are missing in a certain area in the upper jaw.
During a sinus lift, Dr. Lee will make an incision in the gums to expose the membrane of the sinuses. After the membrane is lifted upwards, new bone tissue (or synthetic grafting material) can be placed in the now empty space. Just as with a regular bone graft, the material will eventually become a natural part of the jaw.
Just like bone grafting, it’s usually necessary to wait several months after a sinus lift to try and place dental implants. That said, the surgery can sometimes be performed during the same visit if you already have plenty of existing bone in this area.