That is why the extraction with socket preservation is a very important procedure that every dentist should perform for the future health of the patient. After the extraction, the socket is filled with a bone-like material and covered with absorbable suture or plug. This material will support the bone surrounding the socket and in time it will be replaced by newly created alveolar bone. So if the patient will consider a dental implant in the future, there will be an excellent bone to support the procedure. The drawback of this procedure is that in time the graft will disintegrate and resorb. So the patient should consider a dental implant up to twelve months after the socket preservation procedure.
Patients who need bone grafting are the ones who have suffered the loss of a tooth or more, and the remaining bone cannot support a dental implant. After a tooth has been removed the bone supporting that tooth starts to melt away and become thinner. If the jawbone is not thick enough to support an implant, the dentist will consider the bone grafting or bone augmentation procedure.
Usually, during this process, the dentist will take bone grafts from the patient’s chin, the back part of the lower jaw or even the hip or tibia. The grafted material will need up to nine months to fuse with the existing bone. If you do not like the idea of having bone removed from your body, you can opt from bone taken from a cadaver or synthetic materials.
The sinus lift or sinus augmentation is a surgical procedure aimed at adding bone to the patient’s upper jaw in the area of premolars and molars. The bone is added between the maxillary sinuses and the jaw. The sinus membrane is moved upward (lifted) to make room for the bone.
The procedure is performed when the sinuses are too close to the jaw or when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw to support dental implants. The loss of bone might have been caused by tooth loss or gum disease.
Gingival grafting or gum graft is needed to improve the appearance of the smile or to protect the teeth from gum recession. Gum recession is a disease which makes the tissue surrounding the teeth to pull away and expose the tooth’s root. In time, this affects the supporting bone and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
During this technique, the dentist will take a very thin layer of skin from the patient’s palate. The grafts will be shaped and transplanted to the needed area to create a new gum tissue. The graft is stabilized with stitches that are thinner than a hair.
- Implant Retained Dentures
The implant retained dentures are over dentures that are supported by dental implants. The best candidates for the procedure are patients who have lost all teeth in the jaw and have enough healthy bone in the jaw that can support the implants. Some implant based dentures should be removed at night while others are permanent.
The healing time depends on each patient, but it takes on average about five to seven months. During this period the implants with fuse with the existing bone. If bone grafting is needed, the procedure could take one year or even more.
Our experienced dentists will create a treatment plan depending on your needs and teeth condition. They will explain in detail how each procedure is performed and which are the benefits compared to other similar methods.
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