Sinus Lifts & Bone Grafts
Many of the patients visiting us for a dental implant replacement will be suitable for the procedure straight away and won't need to do any preparation. However, in some cases a patient may need a bone graft or sinus lift before the procedure in order to create the best possible chance of the new dental implants bonding securely to the jaw.
When a patient has had a tooth missing for a long time, the jawbone related to that tooth may naturally degrade and waste away. This may cause some aesthetic issues like a change in face shape around the jawbone. It will also mean that there isn't enough jaw-bone available to support a dental implant. When this is found to be the case, a bone graft is used to restore the jawbone. The bone used to do this can be artificial, or it can be from your own body.
Tiny pieces of bone are placed in a precise area, based on where the implant is due to take place. Over time the bone graft and bone existing in the area will fuse together, creating a stable and secure base in which to place the implant.
A sinus lift is performed when the upper jaw requires implants but there is not enough bone available to support the implant. It may also be performed because the sinuses are too close for the procedure to be performed both safely and effectively. This procedure is completed in order to lift the sinus floor high enough to ensure it is not in the way of where the implants need to go. The procedure is completely pain free and is performed using a local anaesthetic.
It works whereby our experienced Walderslade implant dentist makes a small gum incision at the back of the upper jaw. The dentist will then carefully and precisely lift the sinus membrane. A bone graft will then be placed so that the sinus effectively has a new floor. Following the lifting procedure the gum is stitched and left to heal for around 3 months before the dental implant procedure is performed.
Ensuring You Are Able To Have The Dental Implants You Need
Here at Kent Smile studio we are extremely proud of our innovative approach to dental issues. In cases where patients may not have been able to receive the implant treatment they so desperately need, we offer these two bone augmentation treatments to provide them with the opportunity to enjoy secure, stable, long-lasting replacement teeth. Full support, patient consultations and check-ups are provided at all stages of the treatments offered.
Enquire About Dental Implants At Our Maidstone & Chatham Clinics
We can only ascertain whether you have a need for a bone graft or sinus lift during a dental implant consultation where a full oral examination, X rays and potentially a CT scan are performed to get a detailed look the relevant areas in and around the mouth.
If you are interested in getting the smile you deserve with dental implants, please call Kent Smile Studio on Maidstone: 01622 754662 or Chatham: 01634 683123 and we will be pleased to book you a consultation.