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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures – Frederick, MD

Preparing the Way for New Teeth

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Some dental implant procedures in Frederick are more complex than others. If it has only been a short time since you’ve lost your teeth, the surgery can sometimes be done right away. But if time has passed, your jaw might have deteriorated, and there may not be enough bone left to integrate with the implants. To overcome this obstacle, Dr. Emad and Dr. Aziz may arrange for you to receive an advanced procedure such as bone graft. Are you worried that dental implants might not be an option for you because of your jaw? Call us today to learn how we might be able to change that.

Bone Grafting

Jaw

Your bones tend to break down – or resorb – in areas where they’re no longer in use, which is why the jaw loses some of its density when teeth are missing. Thus, to reverse the damage, we can transplant new bone tissue to the damaged area; this causes the jaw to start developing tissue of its own. Given enough time (which can be anywhere from three months to a year), the site of the graft will have rebuilt itself to the point where it can successfully join with and support dental implants.

Typically, we’ll use bone tissue taken from your own body, likely from the back of your jaw. However, grafting material can also come from another human donor, and in some instances animal bone might be used. There’s even a type of synthetic graft called an alloplast. 

In some instances, we can perform implant surgery right after grafting. In general, though, you should plan on allowing several months for your mouth to recover. You’ll need to take care of your mouth for a few days after surgery; plan on eating only soft foods for a few days as well as using painkillers and ice packs to control any discomfort or swelling.

Sinus Lift

Sinus lift

On the surface, a sinus lift is very similar to a bone graft in that new tissue is added to the jaw and helps it regain any height it has lost. There are two main differences between these procedures: first, a sinus lift is only performed on the upper jaw, and second, it moves the sinuses away from the mouth, which might be required if you’re getting implants to replace certain specific teeth.

After opening the gums, we’ll expose the thin membrane separating the sinuses from the mouth. We shall then very gently push the membrane up and away from the space where we need to work. The grafting material is added to this area in layers. After four or nine months, your mouth should fully heal, and we’ll be ready to move on with the implant process. (Note that the exact healing time will vary from person to person.)

Remember that while it’s very common for bone grafts and sinus lifts to be part of the dental implant process, they’re not always required; we may be able to simply schedule the implant surgery right away. The initial consultation at the beginning of the implant process is important for determining which procedures are necessary.