Every patient’s dental implant journey is unique. Some patients are able to receive implants very soon after their initial consultation, whereas others need to undergo additional procedures before they can replace their missing teeth. If you need such additional procedures, Dr. Chandy and our team will be here to support you every step of the way — even if you receive portions of your dental implant care from a nearby specialist. Below, you can learn more about some of the advanced dental implant procedures in Carrollton that might be part of your journey to a flawless, and flawlessly functional, implant-supported smile.
After a tooth is lost, the bone that once supported it naturally begins to deteriorate. Therefore, if it has been a while since you lost your teeth, your jawbone may no longer be large enough to support dental implants. A bone graft can correct that issue. During the procedure, extra bone material is inserted into the area where you are going to receive an implant. The bone material may be synthetic, or it may be from a donor. In some cases, bone from another part of a patient’s own body can be used.
Once the graft is in place, the incision will be closed, and you will likely have to wait several months while the grafting material bonds with the bone around it. Then, your jaw should have all the volume necessary to support dental implants. On the other hand, in some cases it is possible to perform a bone graft and dental implant placement on the same day.
If you require a bone graft, you will learn all the details of your surgery before it happens. You’ll also discover how your doctor will take measures to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during and after the procedure.
In some individuals, there is not enough space in the upper jaw to accommodate dental implants. This may be due to a naturally large sinus or bone deterioration in the jaw. If an implant were inserted, it would penetrate the sinus cavity and possibly lead to complications, such as infection. To prevent that from happening, you might have to undergo a sinus lift, which is a special type of bone graft.
During a sinus lift procedure, a small hole is created in the upper jaw. Then, a tool gently pushes the sinus upward. Grafting material gets packed into the hole in the bone to make sure the sinus stays in its new position. The incision is closed, and the healing process can begin. After several months of healing, you should be eligible to replace your missing teeth in Carrollton with dental implants. Most patients must wait at least 4 months after a sinus lift before they can receive dental implants, but the waiting period could be as long as 9 months.
Would you like to learn more about advanced dental implant procedures and how they might make it possible for you to receive a renewed smile? Contact Aegis Dental today.