If you’re getting dental implants in Boca Raton to fill in the empty space left by your missing teeth, we’ll need to confirm that your jawbone has enough density to join with and support the posts. If it doesn’t, the good news is that it doesn’t have to prevent you from having the surgery done! Advanced procedures like bone grafting and sinus lifts can prepare your jaw to receive new teeth. If you’ve been thinking about filling in the gaps in your smile with dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven H. Feit today to see what steps will need to be taken first.
The pressure and stimulation of chewing that your natural teeth provide is what keeps your jawbone strong. Once your teeth are gone, the now-unused portion of the bone starts to resorb; this basically means it breaks down because it’s not needed anymore. One of the benefits of dental implants is that they can stop this bone loss from happening, but this only happens if they successfully integrate with the jaw, which can’t happen if the bone has already deteriorated too much.
To add enough density to the jaw and help ensure a successful implant surgery, your dentist in Boca Raton may recommend that you undergo a bone grafting procedure. Bone grafts can help repair a damaged jawbone and encourage it to start re-growing. This is usually done be taking a piece of bone from a donor or another bone in your body (the hip, in many cases) and placing it in the deteriorated area. The jaw will start creating new bone of its own, which will eventually replace the grafting material. The ultimate result after your mouth heals will be enough bone height for dental implants to be placed.
If you’re receiving dental implants for your upper arch, you may have some unique complications to deal with. In addition to bone loss, the sinuses may be too close to the oral cavity, meaning there’s not enough room for the implant posts. This is often a result of your unique anatomy; some people have larger or differently shaped sinuses than others. Also, your sinus tends to get larger as you age.
A sinus lift can add bone density and height much like a bone graft while also moving the sinuses so that the implants can be placed safely. During the procedure, an incision is made in the gums near the back of the mouth, and a small window is made in the bone to provide access to the membrane that separates the sinus from the jaw. The membrane is gently pushed up, and bone graft material is packed into the empty space; usually, several millimeters of bone are added. It’ll take four to nine months for the grafted material to fully join with the bone so implants can be placed.
During your implant consultation, Dr. Feit examine your mouth thoroughly before determining what steps will be necessary for getting dental implants. If you need bone grafts or a sinus lift, he can refer you to a skilled surgeon who can perform the procedure. Call now to take the first step on your path to a new and improved smile!