Advanced Dental Implant Procedures – Rockville, MD
Create a Strong Foundation for Your Smile
Dental implants are a close replica of your natural teeth because they replace the entire tooth structure, including the root. They are the most reliable solution to treat tooth loss, but their success relies on having a strong foundation. Unfortunately, if you’ve lost bone density in your jaw, you won’t be a candidate for dental implants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one. Advanced dental implant procedures create the strong groundwork your new smile needs.
A titanium implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone to act as a new root. You must have adequate bone density for your jaw to support the post. If you’ve had missing teeth for several years or suffered from advanced gum disease, your jawbone might be compromised. Don’t worry, we can enhance the thickness of areas that have weakened using bone grafting.
The surgical procedure takes bone from another area in your mouth or from a donor and transfers it to the treatment site using a surgical procedure. Over the next several months, your jaw will integrate with the graft to ensure it’s strong enough to support the posts long-term.
Also known as a sinus augmentation, this treatment is needed when there isn’t enough bone near the back molars in the upper arch. If implant posts are placed into the bone, the posts can protrude into the maxillary sinuses, which are located on either side of your nose. A sinus lift raises the sinuses and adds bone to ensure there is enough space for the implant posts.
During the surgical procedure, a small oval is cut into your bone and the sinus is lifted upward. A bone graft is placed into the hole and your gum tissue is sutured closed. Over the next several weeks, your jawbone will heal, making you a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Invest in a Long-Term Solution
Not everyone who wants to replace their missing teeth with dental implants will require additional procedures. We will review a CT scan of your oral structures during your initial consultation to ensure your jawbone can support the posts. If we find any concerning areas, we’ll recommend additional treatments before your placement surgery. Although it adds another step to your treatment plan, it’s time well spent to ensure your new smile has the foundation it needs to last for decades with the right aftercare.
If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.