If you are missing some teeth, dental implants can be invaluable to restoring your self-esteem, confidence, and even face shape. In order to have implants, however, patients must have healthy gums and enough bone

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left to support post. Some patients go to their consultation and find out that their jaw bone is too soft, thin, or just not enough left of it to support dental implants. This is not the end of the road! Dental Implants Bone grafts and sinus lifts can make it possible for your smile to still be fully restored through dental implants!

“Will I Need Dental Implants Bone Grafts?”

Dental implants are titanium posts that can replace the root of a tooth through surgical implantation into the jawbone, under the gumline. After a period of healing, the oral surgeon will mount an abutment and crown or a bridge onto the implants.

Patients love dental implants because they can be a permanent solution to tooth loss that looks, feels, and acts like their natural teeth. Successful implants will never be detected by sight. Dental implants don’t move or wiggle. They have no risk of falling out and can even be cleaned just like real teeth, unlike dentures.

Dental implants must fuse to the jawbone for a successful implant. This means you must have high enough jawbone, and the bone must be thick and hard enough to support the implant. If you have bone loss, your oral surgeon may suggest dental implants bone grafts or sinus lift before performing your dental implant surgery.

What are Dental Implants Bone Grafts?

A bone graft procedure involves taking a bone from another part of the body or using a bone grafting material containing collagen and growth proteins and adhering it to the jawbone to thicken it. Dental implants bone grafts will create new, stronger bone over a period of several months. After this time, the bone should be able to support the implant. This means waiting longer to be able to get your implants and restore your smile. Good news is, you can be sure that your implant has a much higher likelihood of success.

Some oral surgeons can complete very minor dental implants bone grafts simultaneously with dental implant surgery. This is most common when the dental implant is only needed for one tooth replacement. Bone grafting done during a tooth extraction can help the gums to heal faster and better. Procuring the bone can be done in the office using local anesthesia and sedation if the bone is coming from the cheek or chin. If the oral surgeon wants to take bone from the hip, the patient will need to go under general anesthesia at the hospital and have the bone removed.

If using the bone from the patient is not an option, allografts are also available. These grafts come from cadavers but are still human bone; xenografts which are bone taken from cow or other animals; and the last option is an alloplast where a synthetic bone is created. Synthetic bones and harvest bones can be kept in the dental office and used during in-office bone grafts or augmentations.

What is a Sinus Lift?

Sinus lifts are also called sinus augmentation and is a surgery that adds bone, much like grafting, to the upper jaw where the molars are. The bone is placed between the maxillary sinuses and upper jaw. Maxillary sinuses are found on both sides of the nose.

A sinus lift procedure is specifically done when the height of the upper jaw bone is not enough to support an implant. People who have lost many of their upper teeth–particularly molars will commonly need this. Patients who have periodontal disease and lost bone may also need a sinus lift before having dental implants.

Just like in a bone graft, the bone used in a sinus lift can come from another bone of your body or an artificial bone. Some dental surgeons also use a xenograft or cow bone.

After a sinus lift, you will need prescription pain medication, antibiotics, antimicrobial mouthwash, and possibly nasal spray. Some oral surgeons will also prescribe their sinus lift patients anti-inflammatory and decongestant medications to stop the risk of any sinus problems about the surgery.

Patients should not blow their noses and try their best not to sneeze too hard after sinus lift surgery. A follow up appointment usually occurs within 1-2 weeks. Implants can be placed anywhere from four to nine months after a sinus lift surgery.

Is This All Really Worth It?

It’s no secret that dental work is expensive, but putting a value on your smile, self-esteem and health is impossible. Bone grafting and sinus lifts make it possible for extreme cases of tooth loss and bone loss to restore their smiles. Keep in mind that many times, dental implants bone grafts or sinus lifts need to be done as a separate procedure. You’ll have plenty of time in between each.

If You’re Ready to Discuss Dental Implants, Call Dr. Steve Brown Today at 817-560-0414!