A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
Some people already have enough jawbone material to undergo standard dental implant surgery. However, many people who have lost multiple teeth may also suffer a reduction in the thickness of their jawbone.
The lack of bone girth can make a patient ineligible to receive a standard dental implant without undergoing additional procedures. Nevertheless, there are several options available for dental implant candidates with insufficient jawbone girth. Here are a few of those options.
A bone graft is the surgical addition of bone material to stimulate and increase jawbone cell production, enhancing the thickness of the bone. The additional bone material may come from several sources, including:
Zygomatic implants or inserted into the bone of the cheek. The implants, which are only suitable for the replacement of teeth from the upper palate, are significantly longer than standard dental implants. Since the jawbone is not the implantation site, its reduced girth or lack of bone material does not prevent the placement of a zygomatic implant.
With a zygomatic implant, a temporary prosthesis that is retained by a screw can be immediately placed. Additionally, due to the stimulation that the implant provides to the zygomatic arch, zygomatic implants may help preserve and even increase the amount of bone material in a cheekbone that has atrophied. The placement of a zygomatic implant is performed under general anesthesia.
Trans-sinus dental implants are also quite long. The devices are designed to pass through the sinus cavity. Their destination is the cortical bone of the nose. We paragraph these implants are frequently used in all on 4 procedures, which attach a full set of prosthetic teeth to four supporting dental implants.
To learn more about your dental implant options, then schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.