Dental implants are far from new; they were first used in 1969, and since then a lot of research has been dedicated to perfecting them. As a result, several procedures have been developed to help more patients enjoy implant-retained crowns, bridges and dentures. Has your jaw started to “melt away” since you’ve lost your teeth? Do you still have a tooth that needs to be removed? At Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Drs. Rutledge, Le, and Bradley have the modern solutions you need. Call us today to set up a consultation and learn about advanced dental implant procedures in Lincoln, NE.
There’s no need to wait until a tooth falls out due to decay or trauma. If we decide that you’d be better off with an implant-supported prosthetic, we can perform one or more tooth extractions before the implant surgery. This is often necessary if you need implant-retained dentures, as there could still be multiple teeth left in the arch in question. We may be able to immediately place an implant following an extraction in specific situations.
Some implant placements are more complex than others. The post needs to be inserted into the bone in just the right spot in the jaw to avoid nerve damage or other issues. Oftentimes the margin for error is very small, which is why 3D imaging is often an invaluable tool. Using a special cone beam X-ray machine, we can closely examine the mouth, teeth, and jaw, giving us a complete understanding of your anatomy to aid in successful diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
Once a tooth is lost, the area of the jaw where it was located will no longer receive the benefits of biting and chewing. This signals to the rest of the body that the bone in this area isn’t needed anymore, which is why it breaks down. However, your body can produce new bone tissue under the right circumstances. A bone regeneration procedure is meant to encourage bone growth of the degenerated area by placing a bone graft at the site and stimulating cells to regrow bone in the area.
While we can try and restore lost density to the jaw, the implant process will be much easier if bone loss never occurs in the first place. Ridge preservation lets us reduce the degeneration that occurs after an extraction so that there will still be plenty of bone height and width available when you’re ready for implant surgery. A bone graft is placed into the socket of the tooth that was taken out so that it can help preserve the bone and tissue.
A bone grafting procedure takes donor bone from either another part of your body, a cadaver, or an animal and surgically inserts it into your mouth, where it eventually becomes part of the rest of the jaw. Not only can this help reverse bone loss, but it can also be used to build up a ridge that’s simply too thin to support implants. A type of bone graft called a sinus lift can be used to move the sinus cavity away from a potential implant site near the back of the upper jaw.
In the upper jaw where the maxillary sinus may impose a height limitation for implant placement, a sinus lift can be completed to increase the height of the bone. Instruments are used to lift the sinus membrane and a bone graft is placed into the area to increase the bone height. The bone placed will over time become your own bone. This can be completed simultaneously with implant placement or may need to be done before implant surgery depending on how much bone height there is initially.