Sometimes the road to dental implants has some hurdles. Tooth loss is a traumatic experience for your jawbone, and it may not always heal correctly. Or the area around the tooth loss becomes depleted in other ways, and can’t support a dental implant just yet. But, as we said, these are just hurdles and we have treatments available with Dr. Wagner that can help improve your oral health and stabilize the foundation for your dental implants to be placed in.
The alveolar ridge is a section of the jaw that encompasses the roots of the teeth. It’s where they’re anchored, and is also needed for the dental implant to be placed. If this ridge is damaged or breaks, this could put your candidacy for implants at risk. A ridge augmentation is a surgical procedure that repairs and rebuilds the alveolar ridge in order to make it stronger. This is achieved through a bone graft, which is the application of new bone material to the damaged or depleted area. The new bone triggers a healing process, creating a more solid foundation for the dental implant to be placed in.
Sinus augmentations, also known as sinus grafts, are reserved for implants that are placed in the upper jaw. Due to the natural formation of the skull and jaw, there’s actually less bone in the upper jaw than the lower. While not everyone will experience this, jawbone depletion in the upper jaw can further harm your chances of receiving implants there. Therefore, a sinus augmentation applies new bone material to the area and can help improve the foundation for dental implants.
A sinus augmentation can also be done to help patients whose maxillary sinus might be too close to the jaw, but need to place implants in that area.
The dental implant process is a surgical procedure that requires healthy bone and gum tissue for healing. But not all patients may experience the same healing timeline for their implants. To help stabilize and ensure the complete healing process, patients can choose to use L-PRF: Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin, a sort of “biological band-aid” created from your own blood.
L-PRF is created when a patient’s blood is drawn and then placed in a centrifuge system called IntraSpin™, in order to separate cells and proteins from your blood. What’s left can be molded into a slip, resembling a band-aid, and placed over the surgical site. It uses your own body’s proteins to promote natural healing, and is absorbed into your body again.
We understand that not all patients who come seeking implants have lost teeth, or all their teeth are lost yet. Some patients are at risk for losing teeth that are currently damaged. Other patients may need a full arch restoration, but still have a few teeth in their arch left. This is where a surgical extraction will be needed, to safely remove the teeth and replace them with implants.
During your consultation with Dr. Wagner, you will discuss what treatments you’re searching for, and extractions may be needed to complete your dream smile.
The socket is where the previous tooth was rooted. Socket grafting often goes hand in hand with a surgical extraction, and involves the application of a bone graft directly after the extraction. This ensures that new bone has time to heal and reabsorb in the area, allowing a better foundation for the dental implant to come. During your extraction consultation, ask Dr. Wagner if you’re in need of a socket graft.
Dental implants are now the top choice when it comes to finding a tooth replacement treatment that fits your needs. But you can improve your chances for success even more by improving your oral health alongside. From the treatments listed above to periodontal treatments, your dental implant can serve functionally and aesthetically with one or two simple procedures. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Wagner in Chambersburg today to learn more.
Dr. Rebecca Wagner
129 Chambers Hill Dr.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: 7AM – 3PM