Dental implant treatment is a precise procedure. In order for it to succeed, it is important that a patient’s bone structure is able to support the implants and bond properly with them. Otherwise, the tooth replacement procedure may fail. At Drs. Boyd, we carefully evaluate each patient’s oral anatomy before we plan to place dental implants in Midtown. If we determine that your bone cannot currently support them, there is no reason to lose heart. We offer advanced dental implant procedures in Midtown, NY that can build up your bone and may make you a viable candidate for dental implants.
After you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported it begins to be resorbed — that is to say, the body recycles the bone so its raw materials can be used for other purposes. While this natural process is very efficient, is it not advantageous for patients who wish to receive dental implants. If you have already lost a significant amount of bone in your jaw due to resorption, we may recommend that you receive a bone graft in Midtown.
The grafting procedure is fairly straightforward. First, make an incision in the gum tissue. Then, we place the grafting material, which may be taken from a different place in your own body or an outside donor. It is also possible to use synthetic bone material. After the graft is in place, we close the incision. Then, your body takes over. It bonds with the graft, resulting in a larger, healthier bone.
Depending on your unique circumstances, you might be able to receive a dental implant at the same time as your bone graft. In most cases, however, it is necessary to wait to insert the implant until after the grafting material has bonded with the body.
A sinus lift in Midtown is a special type of bone graft. It fortifies your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. This is often necessary because just above that area is your sinus cavity. If there is not enough bone in your jaw, dental implants might penetrate it entirely, rupture the membrane that lines your sinus cavity, and end up in your sinus. Even if you plan to receive implants shortly after losing your teeth, you may need a sinus lift because the size and shape of the sinus varies from person to person, and it tends to expand with age.
The sinus lift procedure gets its name from the fact that it literally raises the sinus cavity to make room for dental implants. During the surgical procedure, we make an incision in your gums and then create a small hole in the bone in order to expose the sinus membrane. We gently push the membrane upward and away from your jaw. Then, we pack the bone with a grafting material. Finally, we close the incision so you can begin the healing process. Between four and nine months later, you may be eligible to receive dental implants.