Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning
The oral surgeon utilizes 3D cone beam digital radiograph to evaluate your bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants.
The Oral Surgeon may perform the following procedures prior to implant placement.
Sinus Lift Augmentation
After the loss of upper back teeth, your sinuses may enlarge in size. Before new implants replace the lost teeth, a sinus lift augmentation or graft relocates the sinus cavity into its original position and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. Most of the time, implants can be placed at the same time as the sinus lift procedure. If the implants cannot be placed at the same time, it can be placed 4-5 months afterwards.
Occasionally, ideal areas where dental implants are to be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to predictably place the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to place a bone graft next to thin bone and allowed to heal for up to 6 months. Many different bone-grafting materials are available, including your own bone.
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 the surgical portion of your dental implant is complete, the oral surgeon will refer you back to our office for the restoration of the implant/s. We will determine the design and material to create an ideal result for your dental implant restorations.