While almost any patient can qualify for dental implants, some patients may need to undergo additional treatment to prepare their smile for implant placement surgery. One of the most common issues that requires such preliminary treatment is bone grafting, an oral surgery procedure in which Dr. Winter reinforces weakened or deficient jawbone tissue.
After tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are very thick, they will usually fill naturally with bone in two to three months. However, when the walls of your socket are very thin (such as in your upper and lower front teeth), this type of healing will not be as predictable. In these situations, a bone graft is often placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This oral surgery procedure will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement several months later.
There may be inadequate bone for implant placement if your tooth was removed many years ago and your bony ridge is extremely thin. In this case, our Beverly Hills implant dentist can place grafted bone tissue next to the thin bone and allowed to heal for up to six months. After the graft has fused to your pre-existing bone, the ridge will be re-entered and the implant placed. Bone grafting is usually a relatively comfortable office procedure. Many different bone-grafting materials are available, including your own bone.
You may also need bone grafting if the sinus cavities in your upper jaw are very large, or very low, and extend into the tooth-bearing areas. This often occurs when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw have been removed many years before, and the amount of bone available for implant placement is limited. A “sinus grafting procedure” is then required. Most often, it is performed in the office with local anesthesia and perhaps sedation. During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed. This procedure often can be performed at the time of implant placement.
As with any advanced dental procedure, experience matters. Having trained directly with the renowned Dr. Carl Misch, Dr. Karl Winter is uniquely experienced in advanced implant dentistry and all preliminary treatments, including bone grafting, tooth extraction, and sinus augmentation. For more details about dental implants and bone grafting treatments in Beverly Hills, be sure to call and schedule a consultation with our implant dentist today.