Sinus Lift Augmentation
After the loss of upper back teeth, your sinuses may enlarge. Before new implants replace the lost teeth, a sinus lift or graft restores the sinus cavity to its original position and replaces the bone lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes six months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Autogenous Bone Grafting
Occasionally, ideal areas where dental implants are to be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to place the implants securely. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth to graft into the deficient area.
Often, the area of choice is from the chin or the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
Implant Site Development
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have bone loss around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and free of infection. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can.
Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.