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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures – Dayton, OH

Preparing for a Successful Surgery

Smiling male patient looking at teeth after receiving dental implants in Dayton, OH

Will you be able to get dental implants to fill in the gaps in your grin? It largely depends on how healthy your mouth and jaw are at the beginning of the process. A jawbone that has lost much of its density may not be able to successfully integrate with dental implant posts. If Dr. Quinttus, Dr. Budde, or Dr. Sullivan finds signs of bone loss, they may recommend advanced dental implant procedures in Dayton so that you can safely receive implant posts. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn about the additional treatments that might be part of the process.

Bone Grafting

Illustration of bone graft placed in deteriorated jawbone

Bone grafting procedures are often used to help encourage healing in areas where bone tissue has already deteriorated. The idea is simple: bone is taken from elsewhere in your body (or, on occasion, from a donor) and placed where the damage occurred. The cells in the deteriorated bone will join with the new tissue and start to regenerate, over time restoring the density that has already been lost.

Bone loss is a common issue among people who have already lost their teeth; without the stimulation of chewing, the jaw will start to break down. That is why a bone graft is often required before a dental implant can be placed.

The next steps after grafting depends on your situation. In some cases, it is possible to place dental implants right away once the graft is in place. Other times, however, you’ll need to allow several months for your mouth to heal first. You will probably notice some discomfort in your mouth after the procedure, but it should slowly fade given time (although you can use painkillers and ice bags if you need to). Follow your post-operative instructions carefully; until your mouth is ready, you should limit yourself to eating soft foods only during recovery. 

Sinus Lifts 

Illustration of dental implant placed after sinus lift

A sinus lift is somewhat like a bone graft, but in addition to adding height to the jaw, it could also be an important step in making sure there’s enough room for implant posts. After opening the gums, the exposed membrane is pushed up and away from the mouth, and grafting material is packed into the exposed area. (Again, this material might come from a bone elsewhere in your body, or it might have been taken from a human donor or an animal; sometimes artificial material is used instead.)

This particular procedure is often recommended when you’ve lost teeth near the back of your mouth. Depending on the shape of your skull, the sinus cavity may be too close to your teeth; the implant posts could be inserted directly into it if it isn’t moved first.

The procedure itself is very similar to a regular bone graft. As such, you can expect a similar recovery time of several months before we are ready to place the implants. The exact length of the healing period will be different for every person.