Preparation is often the key to success, and that includes when you’re getting dental implants in Aurora. The first step is a consultation to make sure the procedure is right for you, which includes an assessment of your jawbone to see if it’s healthy enough to support implants. If you lost your teeth long ago and have lost too much jawbone as a result, or if your sinuses aren’t positioned in a way that allows room for implants, we may recommend a bone graft or a sinus lift beforehand. Read more below to find out how these procedures work and when they’re recommended. If you have any other questions, you can contact us at any time!
Most people take the strength and stability of their natural teeth for granted and don’t realize that it’s actually their jawbone that accounts for it. Since implants mimic the roots of natural teeth, they also need to be surrounded and supported by adequate bone to be stable and secure.
When jawbone mass and density have been lost, a bone graft may be needed to correct the issue before having implants placed. The procedure is done by adding bone granules into the jaw to strengthen the area where your natural tooth once was. It can be done using bone from another area of your body but it’s usually done with bone from another source. When the bone granules have been placed, your body will begin growing its own new bone tissue over time, eventually restoring the jawbone to make a successful implant procedure possible.
It usually takes several months until implants can be done, but there are cases in which the bone graft and implant can be done simultaneously.
Have you ever had temporary sensitivity in your upper teeth at the same time as a cold or sinus infection? This occurs because the roots and nerves of your top teeth actually extend through your upper jaw and into your sinuses. In fact, the upper jaw is usually a bit “shorter” than the lower jaw (especially towards the back) leaving less space for the full length of both natural teeth and implants.
Just like the name implies, a sinus lift creates more space by “lifting” the sinuses. This procedure is also similar to a bone graft because it adds extra bone and height to the jaw to give an implant the support it needs to function. Patients usually need to wait several months after their sinus lift before getting implants.
As a dentist in Aurora, we’ve seen firsthand how beneficial implants are after tooth loss. When necessary, these preliminary procedures are well worth it and help you have a smile that looks and feels very natural for a lifetime.