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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures – Wethersfield, CT

Give Your Dental Implants a Sturdy Foundation

Models of dental implants in Wethersfield for tooth loss.

Dental implants in Wethersfield are the most successful solution to replace missing teeth because they replicate the entire tooth structure. They have the potential to last for a lifetime with the right aftercare; however, they also need a sturdy foundation. Your jaw’s density is essential to the long-term success of dental implants. As a result, you might not be a candidate for the treatment if you’ve lost bone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one with bone grafting or a sinus lift. Although it adds another step to your treatment, it ensures your new smile has everything it need to thrive.

Bone Grafting

Model of bone grafting procedure for dental implant.

Bone loss is a common complication of a missing tooth because you’re not just losing the crown. You also lose the root. As a result, your jawbone isn’t being stimulated, so it slowly shrinks. If you lose too much bone, your jaw can’t support the dental implant, ultimately leading to failure.

Bone grafting can repair areas with low density to ensure your jaw properly fuses to the post to support it for many years with the right aftercare. Bone is taken from another area of your body or a donor and grafted to your jaw using a minor surgical procedure.

Over the next several weeks, the graft will integrate with your jaw to enhance its strength. After you’ve fully healed, you’re ready to undergo your placement surgery to insert a titanium post into your jawbone to serve as a new root.

Sinus Lift

Model of a sinus lift for dental implant.

Also called a sinus augmentation, the procedure adds more bone between the upper jaw and your maxillary sinuses, which are located on either side of your nose. This is often necessary for patients who have lost their molars. It’s common for a patient to need both a sinus lift and bone grafting.

Your oral surgeon will open your gum tissue to cut a small oval into your jawbone. Your sinus is lifted upward, and a grafting material is inserted into the hole. Your body will accept the graft and seal the hole to create the sturdy framework you need for dental implants.

Promote the Success of Dental Implants

Your jaw’s density is invaluable to the success of your new smile. During your initial consultation, your dentist in Wethersfield will perform a thorough consultation to assess your oral health. This also involves a CT scan, which allows us to see the density of your jawbone. Based on the results of the scan, you may need one or both procedures. We’ll ensure your jaw can adequately support your dental implant for many years. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.