Dental implants are a remarkable solution for anyone who’s missing teeth. They’re carefully placed into the jawbone and act as a placeholder for the absent tooth root.
While most patients are initial candidates for implants, there are some instances where Dr. Winter may need to complete additional treatments to prepare your smile before beginning the implant process.
At Advanced Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we feature two different services — bone grafting and sinus augmentation.
Bone grafting is an oral surgery that’s used to restore and reinforce deficient jawbone tissue. Medical professionals may use bone grafting anytime alterations to bones are necessary. In dentistry, Dr. Winter can use bone grafts to assist the following treatments:
- Salvaging teeth: Patients who suffer from extreme gum disease may experience bone loss and loosening teeth. Dr. Winter can recover the tooth by regenerating the bone that secures it in place.
- Tooth extraction: It’s become common practice to fill an empty tooth socket, left from a previously extracted tooth, with bone grafting material. Encouraging bone growth provides a stable foundation in case you want dental implants later on.
- Dental implants: The gold standard for tooth replacement, dental implants use a small titanium fixture to secure the implant into your jawbone. This procedure requires prominent bone density to ensure its success. Dr. Winter can use bone grafts to produce ample amounts of bone to place the implant, providing excellent functionality.
At Advanced Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Winter will use his most effective techniques and treatments to produce results that you need. For bone grafting, he’ll administer local anesthesia to mitigate any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Once you’re numb, Dr. Winter will make a small incision in your gum tissue to access the graft-receiving bone. While this is a minor surgery, you might experience tenderness around the surgical site during the first few days.
Then, Dr. Winter will apply the bone grafting material to exposed bone. Over the next few months, your body will gradually replace the grafting material with newly formed bone.
After he clears you, your smile will be ready for our attractive dental implants.
While bone grafting is meant to strengthen the jawbone, sometimes a patient has exceptionally thin bone separating the sinuses from the mouth. When this happens, tooth roots can extend upwards into the maxillary sinuses, which can cause problems after a tooth is removed.
In Beverly Hills, MI, Dr. Winter can use sinus augmentations to improve the strength and width of the bone so that a dental implant is possible.
The key to a successful and long-lasting dental implant is the quality and quantity of jawbone to which the implant is attached. If bone loss has occurred due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor and allow for new bone to form.
The sinus augmentation process begins with Dr. Winter making a small incision along the gumline to expose the jawbone. Then, he’ll fill the underlying area with grafting material which might be from another area of bone in your body or artificially made.
After several months of healing, the augmented bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw, and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized.
If you’re enduring tooth loss or tooth weakness, our supplemental procedures can prepare your smile for the most durable and long-lasting tooth replacement option available — dental implants.
Schedule your consultation at our Beverly Hills, MI office by calling 248-642-3800. Alternatively, you can fill out the submission form on the right, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bone grafts are generally taken from your own body, usually from the pelvis, from a cadaver, or made from a synthetic composite that consists of biocompatible materials that are safe within the body. In some cases, bone grafts can be used in combination with other materials.
During your consultation with Dr. Winter discussing your treatment plan, he will explain the process and determine which material will be best for your smile.
Here at our Beverly Hills, MI dental practice, bone graft surgery is minimally painful because you’ll receive sedation and a local anesthetic prior to the procedure. Patients typically report not feeling any discomfort during the surgery, and depending on the type of sedation used, some patients will even fall asleep.
Any pain you may experience after your bone grafting procedure can be alleviated with a cold compress and over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen. If you continue to experience pain that can’t be mitigated with over-the-counter pain relievers, contact us and we’ll determine the best way to address your discomfort.
Depending on your oral health and severity of your procedure, a dental implant might be able to be placed at the same time as a sinus augmentation. Sinus lift surgery has proven to increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
When you visit for your initial consultation, Dr. Winter will be able to better understand your condition and determine whether or not these two procedures can be done during one appointment.
An augmented sinus generally takes two to three days of healing following your procedure. After the sinus lift, Dr. Winter will provide you with gauze to bite down on which helps stop bleeding.
Patients should change the gauze pad every hour or so to ensure that blood clots don’t form. If your surgical area continues to bleed after a couple of days, please give our office a call right away – 248-642-3800.