Creating Strong Foundations
Dental implants require an appropriate amount of bone density to be stabilized. Sneed Dental Implants and Periodontal Center has two options for patients with issues in the amount of healthy bone tissue:
- Bone grafting
- Sinus lift
Donor bone is taken from your jaw, hip, or tibia (the area below the knee), and used to replace areas in the jaw with inadequate bone structure. This inadequate bone structure can be the result of gum disease, injury, or extraction.
Over time, tooth loss can cause a great deal of complications, including the deterioration of the bone in the jaw where the tooth used to be. When this occurs, there may not be enough healthy bone to support a dental implant restoration. In these situations, Dr. Sneed can suggest a bone grafting procedure, where donor bone is used and growth is promoted.
Whether it’s a defect of the jaw, or a result of a traumatic injury, you don’t have to write off getting dental implants if you don’t have enough healthy bone. Contact us today to discuss your options and for a consultation.
Sinus Lift Procedure
If you are missing certain upper teeth, you may require a sinus lift. In a healthy mouth, the roots of some of the natural teeth in the upper jaw can extend into the area behind your cheeks, known as the maxillary sinuses. Placing dental implants in the upper jaw can be difficult, as there is only a thin area of bone between the mouth and the maxillary sinus. This low level of bone density usually isn’t enough to support a dental implant. This is when our doctors may wish to perform a sinus lift, where donor bone is inserted into the sinus floor, also the area that is the roof of the upper jaw. Over a period of a few months, the grafted bone heals becomes part of the jaw, strengthening the area enough to support and stabilize a dental implant.