Dental implants fit into the jawbone where they integrate with the natural bone to create a strong restoration that can last decades. However, if your jawbone lacks healthy bone tissue, you may need additional procedures before the dental implants can be placed.
Many factors can affect your jawbone density, including:
• Gum disease
• Long-term denture wear
• Facial trauma
• Natural defects
• Tooth loss
Bone augmentation may be recommended to build up the jawbone, create a sturdy foundation for dental implants and restore your smile. Several techniques may be used, including:
Bone grafts can be performed using your own natural bone, donor bone or synthetic materials. After anesthesia is administered, the grafts will be performed. You may need antibiotics and pain medication, and our dentist will provide you with specific post-procedure instructions that can help reduce your risk of complications.
When upper teeth are missing, the sinus cavity tends to expand, which leads to the deterioration of the natural bone. A sinus lift or sinus augmentation can help rebuild this bone so that dental implants can be placed without risking damage to the sinus.
Patients with a narrow jaw bone may benefit from ridge modification. Ridge modification uses grafting materials to create an additional ridge or space at the top of the jaw.
Bone augmentation procedures can take between 4 and 12 months to heal, which ensures the materials have integrated properly so that the implants have a sturdier, stronger foundation. Contact our Los Angeles dental implants specialist today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.