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Oct
27

Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts for Implant Patients

Posted in Dental Implants

Lots of people are told that they aren’t candidates for dental implants, but they really don’t know why. It almost seems like it’s luck of the draw, until they find an implant dentist that explains it’s not that they aren’t a candidate – it’s that other types of preoperative therapies may be needed to support the success of the treatment. To be specific – they may need bone grafting or even a sinus lift to create a healthy, secure base for the placement of a dental implant root.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a procedure that uses a piece of donor bone that is placed in an area where there is not enough healthy bone structure to support an implant. This grafting process also encourages new bone growth in the jaw around it. Once full bone growth has occurred, the dental implant can be placed. Bone may be used from the patient’s own body, animal, synthetic, or donor. 

What is a sinus lift?

Let’s say you need to replace an upper tooth with an implant, but the previous tooth has been missing so long that the sinus cavity has dropped into the area, eliminating necessary space for an implant root. If the implant was placed through the sinus wall, infection would occur. A sinus lift is when the floor of the sinus is raised back into the appropriate position, so that the implant root can safely be installed.  

If another dentist has told you that you’re not a candidate for dental implants, you should get a second opinion. It might not be that you aren’t a candidate – it might be that the dentist doesn’t offer the supportive services that you need for the implant to be placed.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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Sep
12

Dental Implants

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Despite quality medical care in the United States there are still many reasons people suffer tooth loss – injury, tooth decay, gingivitis, etc.  For a long time the only methods for repairing missing teeth have been bridges and dentures. However, improvements in medical and dental care have provided individuals with successful dental implants.

Dental implants are replacement teeth that are rooted into your jaw so that they fuse together with your bone and become permanent. Your confidence will not be compromised by dental implants because they are made to look like your other teeth. Your implants will be specially designed to fit into your mouth and will match the shape and color of your other teeth.

Dental implants can improve your speech because unlike dentures they will not slip within your mouth causing you to have slurred speech. Implants can improve comfort while eating because they will not slide or pull out with sticky or chewy foods. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime with proper care and regular dental appointments. But perhaps the most common reason people choose dental implants is for improved confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. There is no more embarrassment from removing bridges or dentures, and there is no more embarrassment from gaps in your teeth.

Your smile, your self-esteem, and your oral health can all be improved with Johns Creek dental implants. You can have the smile you once had – or maybe an even better one – with quality dental implants.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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