DENTAL IMPLANTS CAN BE USED IN HIGHLY COMPLEX SITUATIONS TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE AND SMILE.
In some cases the condition of the teeth and the oral environment deteriorate over many years, with possible loss of bone from the area where the teeth used to be.
With careful planning and using advanced surgical techniques such as bone grafting and sinus lifting we can make implants work in even the most difficult cases, giving you the stability you would have experienced with your natural teeth.
- Sinus Lift Augmentation: Often the sinuses will enlarge following the loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude the placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes 4 to 12 months to heal before dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
- Bone Grafting: Occasionally, the spaces which require dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, occasionally it is necessary to use bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be. Synthetic bone graft material is also now available and used regularly.
- Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be carried out at the same time as the tooth is removed when possible, to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.