Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth, as they offer a stable and durable foundation for replacement teeth. However, some patients may require supplemental procedures to ensure the success of their dental implant treatment. Our Grand Haven, MI dentist Dr. John Leitner can prepare you for a stunning new smile with quick and efficient supplemental procedures.
Supplemental procedures are additional treatments that may be necessary to prepare the mouth for dental implant placement or to ensure the success of the implant. These procedures can include bone grafting, sinus lifts, gum grafting, and mini dental implants. Dr. Leitner performs these procedures before or alongside dental implant placement to provide adequate support and stability for the implant, enhance aesthetics, and increase the longevity of the dental implant.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to replace or stimulate the growth of new bone tissue. The bone grafting procedure for dental implants typically involves making a small incision in the gum tissue and placing the graft material in the area where the implant will be placed. The graft material is then covered with a membrane to protect it while it heals. Over time, the graft material will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue, creating a solid foundation for the dental implant.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw in the area of the molars and premolars. The procedure is also known as a sinus augmentation or a sinus elevation. During a sinus lift procedure, the surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone. They will then create a small window in the bone and lift the membrane lining the sinus cavity. This creates a small space between the membrane and the bone, which is then filled with a bone graft material. After the graft material is placed, the surgeon will close the incision with stitches and allow the area to heal.
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure used to restore gum tissue lost or damaged due to periodontal disease or other factors. The procedure involves taking gum tissue from one area of the mouth, typically the palate, and transplanting it to the area where the gum tissue is needed. Gum grafting is a safe and effective way to restore gum tissue and improve the overall health of the mouth.
Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter than traditional dental implants and are used to support dentures or replace missing teeth in areas with limited space. They are often used when a patient’s jawbone is not dense enough to support traditional implants.
Supplemental procedures offer several benefits, including:
Some insurance plans may cover part or all of the cost of supplemental procedures for dental implants, while others may not. It’s essential to check with your insurance provider before undergoing any procedure to determine your coverage.
Most dentists require all patients to undergo a supplemental procedure if they lack adequate bone density. That way, we can increase the amount of bone in the jaw and set you up for implant success. Supplemental procedures can decrease the risk of failure, infection, and possibly tooth or bone loss.
The healing time for supplemental procedures can vary, but it usually takes several months for the bone to fully integrate and heal. Once your dentist determines you’re healed, they can begin your implant placement.
Supplemental procedures for dental implants can offer significant benefits for patients who require additional treatment to prepare for or support dental implant treatment. If you’re considering dental implants, talk to your Grand Haven dentist to determine whether you require any supplemental procedures and what options are available to you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Leitner today by giving us a call at (616) 842-2850 or by filling out an online form.