You can overcome the challenges of tooth loss with the next best thing to your real teeth. Dental implants in Denton are an investment in your oral health and your quality of life because they have the potential to last for decades. The long-term success of your new smile relies on your jawbone’s ability to support the posts. Unfortunately, if you have lost bone density in your jaw from gum disease or untreated tooth loss, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. At Denton Dental Center, we can create the foundation you need using advanced dental implant procedures
Not everyone requires additional treatments before their dental implant placement surgery, but it is common. During your initial consultation, a CT scan of your oral structures is taken. Based on the results of the image, you may need:
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Not only does it make your teeth fall out, but it also destroys your jawbone. You also lose density in your jaw if you do not replace missing teeth right away because there are no longer roots to stimulate bone growth. If you do not have enough bone left to support the posts, you will need bone grafting.
A small section of bone is taken from a donor or from another area of your body and grafted to your jaw using a surgical procedure. Your body naturally accepts the graft over the course of the next several months. After adequate healing occurs, you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is used to add height between your jaw and your maxillary sinuses to make room for the implant posts. This is most often needed when premolars or molars are being replaced with dental implants.
During the treatment, an oval is cut into your jawbone near the sinuses on the side of your nose. Your sinus is pushed upward before a bone graft is placed into the oval opening. Your jaw will accept the graft over the next several weeks.
If you are ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants but are not a suitable candidate, advanced procedures can help create the foundation you need for your new smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to rebuilding your smile.