We can perform many of the procedures to help patients prepare for dental implant services right here at Tabor Dental Associates. We get the specific site in the mouth ready for a dental implant.
Dental implants go into the jawbone. If there’s not enough bone, then bone grafting might be needed to create an adequate site for the implant. Basically, we may need to grow some new bone to support the implant.
Tooth loss, periodontal (gum) disease, or abnormal oral structures could create the need for bone grafting to be able to successfully place dental implants.
Types of Bone Grafts
There are many types of bone grafting. Sinus lift surgery, ridge grafting, and socket preservation are the most common types of bone grafting we perform at our convenient Hendersonville office.
Sometimes your maxillary sinuses expand, taking up disproportionate space in your upper jaw and cheeks. In addition to changing your facial shape, sinus enlargement and jawbone loss can make patients with missing teeth ineligible for advanced implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures.
During a sinus lift procedure, one of our oral surgeons raises sinuses so that new, healthier tissue can develop beneath them after bone grafting.
Sometimes, when a tooth has been lost traumatically or when a tooth has been missing for a long time, it causes bone to erode away over the years. This means that there isn’t enough available bone to support an implant.
In such cases, we can augment the bone by adding to what you have and growing enough bone to allow for implant placement.
When we know a tooth has to be extracted for some reason, it is simply good planning to perform a socket preservation procedure at the time of extraction. Bone density in your mouth depends on the presence of healthy teeth. If a tooth is removed, then the bone will erode away quickly.
If socket preservation is performed, this procedure maintains the bone levels, so an implant can be placed in the near future without losing any facial structure or support in the meantime.
You can regain full function and a confident smile through our implant services at Tabor Dental Associates. Call today for a consultation!