If you’re missing teeth, dental implants are a great option. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth or bridges. They offer a natural look and can last for decades with proper care. However, some patients may require preparatory procedures before receiving implants to ensure successful placement. Keep reading as we discuss three preliminary procedures that may be necessary before getting dental implants.
#1: Dental Bone Grafting
Osseointegration is the process by which a dental implant fuses with the jawbone, creating a strong and stable foundation for a replacement tooth. It is essential for the long-term success of dental implants. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone density decreases and may cause implant failure if there is not enough bone for osseointegration to be properly completed.
Proper jawbone density is crucial for successful dental implants, and delaying treatment can worsen the situation. A dental bone graft procedure may be necessary to add more bone material, either from the patient or a synthetic source, to strengthen the area and allow the jawbone to support dental implants after healing.
#2: Sinus Lifts
A sinus lift is a procedure used to replace molars or premolars in the upper jaw by increasing bone structure between the sinus cavity and jawbone. This is necessary when a patient’s larger-than-normal sinus reduces the height of the jawbone and makes implant placement challenging. This ensures that the jawbone will be dense enough to support implants.
#3: Tooth Extractions
Before getting dental implants, tooth extractions may be required, especially if a tooth is severely damaged or infected and needs replacement. Sometimes, multiple teeth need replacing, which may require the removal of healthy teeth in the way of restorations. Tooth extraction procedures can range from simple to surgical depending on the situation.
If you need preliminary procedures before dental implantation, this is normal as well as beneficial for your oral health. These treatments aim to ensure that the implants will be successful, so you can enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile in the long run!
About the Practice
Pelican Landing Dental is led by Dr. Rich Gilbert, Dr. Lacy Gilbert, Dr. Breanne Dufault, Dr. Bradly Mouritsen, Dr. Sara Sardano, Dr. Joshua Tillinger, and Dr. Mauricio Anda. Located in Los Angeles, they offer comprehensive dental care, including dental implants and treatments you may need before having your new teeth placed. Along with their team, these skilled dentists are here to help you achieve a smile you’re sure to love. Call Pelican Landing Dental’s office at (239) 948-2111 or visit their website to set up an appointment or for more information on dental implants.