If you have experienced bone atrophy following tooth loss, you may require a preliminary sinus lift or bone grafting procedure to restore your eligibility for dental implants. After tooth loss, your jawbone naturally begins to recede, as it does not receive the vital stimulation it requires. However, in order to replace missing teeth with dental implants and restorations, you must have enough jawbone tissue to provide a base for implant posts. To determine if you require a prerequisite procedure, our doctors at Oral Surgery Associates near Monroe, LA, can evaluate the structure of your smile using advanced technology. Your doctor can then design a customized treatment plan, tailored to your unique needs and goals.
After tooth loss, your jawbone may begin to deteriorate. Normally, your tooth roots stimulate your jawbone when you eat. However, after teeth are lost, the jawbone no longer receives the stimulation it needs, and the bone can begin to atrophy. In order to be a candidate for dental implants, you must have sufficient bone tissue to support implant posts. Otherwise, your implants may be compromised, or fail altogether. To restore your eligibility for treatment, we can perform a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift.
What to Expect during the Procedure
During bone grafting, we can transplant bone into the empty tooth socket, restoring its natural structure. We can use bone from another area of your body, donor bone, or synthetic material, depending upon your needs. After harvesting the tissue, we can make an incision in the gum line at the site of the missing tooth. We can then place and secure the bone, before closing the incision with sutures. Over the next three to six months, the bone will fuse with surrounding tissue, creating a strong foundation for dental implants. Once your bone has fully healed, you can return to our office for your implant surgery.
In order to replace missing teeth with dental implants and restorations, you must have enough jawbone tissue to provide a base for implant posts.