If you have missing teeth for a while, loss of bone in your jaw is common. It’s the body’s normal response to tooth loss, infection, gum disease or other trauma.
For dental implants to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, which is strong enough to hold and support the implant. If this is not the case, you may need some treatment before your implant treatment can begin, such as bone augmentation or bone grafting.
At your initial consultation, we will determine how much bone is available and the shape of the bone. This assessment is done through visual examination, palpation of the bone ridge and with advanced x-ray techniques.
Your dentist will discuss your outcome at this consultation and provide you with treatment options.
The sinus lift procedure is when the floor of the sinus is carefully raised and re-positioned.
The procedure will take between 1-2 hours. Every procedure has the option of being undertaken with intravenous sedation.
For a successful dental implant, there needs to be a sufficient height of bone. The sinus lift will re-position the thin membrane (part of the sinus) which will create more height to allow for a successful dental implant.
Sinus lift prices will vary from case to case. Please arrange your free consultation today to discuss all options and your dentist will draw up a proposed treatment plan, tailored to your needs, and all costs will be broken down and explained.
A sinus lift may not be suitable for you, but there are other options that will be discussed during the free consultation.
If you are suffering from a receding gum line and you have exposed roots, a soft tissue grafting procedure will be used to improve the appearance of your smiles.
Depending on the patients exact needs the procedure can vary between 1-2 hours. There may be a slight discomfort in the mouth the next day and most patients will also return to work the next day.
The overall healing process can take from 2-4 weeks.
If you are suffering from these symptoms, a soft tissue graft may be for you:
If you have been suffering from any of the above symptoms, or you are just conscious about how you look when you smiles, this could be the perfect treatment for you. The dentist will discuss all your available options during the free consultation.
In some scenarios before a patient can even qualify for dental implants, they may need to have a bone graft, to ensure there is a sufficient quantity of good quality bone for the implants to bond with.
Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic’s highly skilled and trained dental team can carry out an x-ray and CT scan to assess the quantity/quality of the patient’s available bone, to ensure we offer the patient the best course of dental treatment for them.
If the results show insufficient bone, an appointment will be arranged and the dentist will perform a bone graft procedure, using bone from another area of the patient’s mouth or we will use artificial bone.
Once the procedure has been completed, the patient will have slight discomfort in the donor and grafted sites, in which pain killers can be taken for the slight discomfort.
If you have any of the above factors, you may need a bone graft before you could qualify to have a dental implant. Our highly trained dental team at Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic are dedicated to all patients, providing the highest levels of patient care and customer service, ensuring that each and every patient are happy with their dental health, treatment and overall experience. Book your free consultation today and see which options are available to you.