Many patients come in for their dental implant consultation eager to get started on their restorative treatment. For some patients with substantial oral health, this can happen right away. But, for others who’ve been missing one or multiple teeth for months or years, a preliminary procedure may be necessary to ensure implant success.
Whether you initially qualify for dental implants or not, Dr. Sayed offers a variety of supplemental surgeries to prepare you for your new tooth replacement surgery. To discover if you’ll need additional care before receiving implants, schedule a consultation at Pristine Periodontics and Implants to get a comprehensive exam of your oral health.
Tooth loss is often associated with gum disease as it opens up pockets in your gums that become harder to clean and easier for bacteria to settle in. The base of each pocket lacks oxygen, which is where bacteria and toxins thrive. Pocket reduction surgery helps smooth out any imperfections in the bone, so when the gums are repositioned at a lower level on the tooth, the pocket isn’t as deep.
During this procedure, Dr. Sayed will make tiny incisions in your gums and then gently pulled back to expose the roots of your teeth. This makes it possible for us to complete a deeper scaling and planing procedure, effectively remove tartar, and smooth out the damaged bone surfaces. Your gums will be back into place and sewed up tightly around your tooth to reduce the risk of bacteria from living and growing in the pockets.
For patients who don’t have a strong, stable upper-back jaw, we will recommend a sinus lift. At our Birmingham dental office, we offer two types of sinus lifts. One is known as an antral sinus lift and the other is an osteotome lift, and both procedures raise the sinus floor to create enough vertical bone to support your dental implants. Explore the two types of procedures.
Sometimes dental bridges can cause gums to recede, leaving sensitive areas of root tissue exposed. This can cause pain, an increased risk of infection, and tooth decay. Tissue augmentation is used to make gingival tissue more resistant to gum recession.
During gum tissue grafting, a small tissue sample is repurposed from the patient’s palate. Depending on the patient, this is done before or at the same time a dental implant is being placed. The resulting tissue graft preserves the necessary soft tissue and makes the gums less likely to recede after surgery.
When patients are missing teeth, the jawbone will naturally deteriorate over time. Your jaw needs constant stimulation from your teeth to remain strong, so when they’re missing, your bone weakens.
To help combat bone deterioration, we use bone grafting to prepare our patients for implants. This results in a stronger, more stable jawbone and greatly enhances your chances of success with the implant procedure. Our guided bone regeneration technique allows Dr. Sayed to enhance your dental implant success by:
Every tooth and its surrounding bone are subjected to the daily stress of chewing. Our bodies are programmed to reduce bone that is no longer used, so when a tooth is removed or missing, so is that expected force and the body begins to resorb the bone. Your jawbone will begin to shrink and lose its shape, stopping you from being able to get dental implants.
To prevent this, socket preservation should be done at the time of tooth extraction to fill the space where the tooth once was and protect it until your implant treatment can begin. Without socket preservation, a 40 to 60% loss in bone volume can occur within the first couple years.
Discovering alternative options to help you improve your oral health will get you just one step closer to receiving dental implants. It’s important to first schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed to understand which treatment option is best for you and to see if a preliminary surgery is required. Once we’ve decided to move forward with treatment, your smile will be restored with our beautiful, long-lasting dental implants in no time.
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