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Bone Augmentation

Dental implants are a discrete and highly successful form of restorative treatment. If you are missing one or more teeth, the benefits of a dental implant are almost unmatchable. Dental implants consist of two parts, a titanium screw and an abutment (support structure). The screw is surgically implanted into your jawbone and functions as the root component of your tooth. After the screw has properly healed, we can attach the abutment and fabricate your restoration.

To receive an implant, you must have a substantial amount of existing bone. Implants are largely successful thanks to a process known as osseointegration. During osseointegration, the titanium screw fuses to your bone and creates a bond strong enough to support a restoration for decades or even a lifetime.

Patients who have significant bone deterioration may need to undergo bone augmentation. At Prosthodontic Dental Group, we perform bone grafts and sinus lifts to provide a sturdy foundation for implant-supported restorations. Bone augmentation gives otherwise ineligible patients the chance to experience the wonderful benefits of dental implants.

Bone Grafts

Bone grafts are used when your jawbone lacks the quantity and density needed to keep an implant in place. During a bone graft procedure, your specialist will remove a small section of bone from another area of your body. The bone is then surgically implanted into your lower jaw and left to heal. Recently, synthetic bone grafting material has become a popular option for patients. Rather than mining existing bone, we can use this material to provide a more comfortable experience.

After the procedure, you may be given antibiotics or pain medication. You will be instructed to avoid certain foods, and schedule regular checkups so we can monitor your progress. Over the next few months, the graft will create new bone strong enough to support an implant. The amount of time it takes for new bone growth depends on the location of the graft and density of your bone.

Sinus Lifts

Sacramento, CA man smiling about the successful bone augmentation and dental implants he received from his dentist.Upper posterior teeth, such as your molars and premolars, are the hardest to restore. When one of these teeth is missing, the sinus cavity tends to enlarge as your bone deteriorates. During a sinus lift, bone is added between your jaw and maxillary sinuses. To make room for the bone, your sinus membrane must be lifted upward.

During the procedure, an incision is made in the gum tissue that will eventually house the implant. Your bone is exposed, and a small oval hole is created to access your sinus membrane. The membrane is then gently pushed away from your jaw, so we pack the area with bone-graft material. Once the new bone is in place, we will suture your gums.

After the procedure, you may experience some swelling and bleeding. Do not attempt to blow your nose or sneeze forcefully, as this could cause the bone-graft material to shift or loosen. We may give you a saline spray to keep the inner lining of your nose wet, and prevent inflammation. Again, the healing process depends on the amount of bone growth needed. You may have to wait four to nine months to receive your implant. It may seem like a lot, but the wait is well worth it.

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We believe dental implants can change your life! If you would like to learn more, call (916) 264-9655, and schedule a consultation visit today!
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