Dental implants in Grapevine are the most reliable option to replace missing teeth. It’s best to have the right foundation in place before beginning the transformation process to promote the success of your treatment. Unfortunately, this may mean you need additional procedures, but they are worth the investment to ensure your new smile lasts. Depending on the results of your initial consultation and CT scan, Dr. Martin may recommend specific treatments before undergoing your placement surgery. No matter if you need bone grafting or a sinus lift, he works with many local specialists to get the quality care you deserve.
The long-term success of your new smile relies on your jawbone’s ability to support the posts. If you’ve lost teeth to gum disease or you’ve lived with an incomplete smile for a while, you may have decreased density in your jaw. As a result, you may not be a candidate for dental implants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to enhance the thickness of your jawbone. With under sedation or anesthesia, your gum tissue is opened to give access to your jawbone. A small piece of bone taken from another site or a donor is transferred to the treatment area. Your gum tissue is sutured closed to allow the healing process to begin. It can take several weeks for the graft to integrate with your bone, but it’s time well spent to ensure your jaw can support the posts long-term.
If you’ve lost bone in your upper jaw, there may not be enough space by the maxillary sinuses to insert the posts. Also known as a sinus augmentation, the procedure adds bone to the areas by your premolars and molars.
Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort as your gum tissue is opened to allow a small oval to be cut into your bone. Your sinus membrane is lifted upward, and the graft material is inserted into the space. Your gum tissue is sutured closed to allow the area to heal, which can take 4 to 10 months.
If you need bone grafting or a sinus lift before your implant placement surgery, you have nothing to fear. The extra steps in your journey to a complete smile are worth the time. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, it is time to contact our office to schedule a consultation with your trusted dentist in Grapevine, Dr. Martin.