Nowadays, there are very few reasons why a person cannot receive dental implants. Even in situations where they fail, your prosthodontist can (in most cases) effectively salvage the implant. These permanent, stable, and longer-lasting restorative solutions are giving patients greater reasons to smile. Not only do they improve appearance and increase confidence, but they give people greater functionality when it comes to eating, chewing, and speaking. If you’ve been told you can’t have dental implants, don’t settle for less. Make an appointment with Dr. Ben Tindal, a prosthodontist in Sarasota, who will examine your smile and offer the right solution for you.
One of the most popular procedures for advanced dental implants is a bone graft. The reason for this particular surgery is because your prosthodontist believes that in order for implants to successfully live and function within your mouth, you need additional bone support. Your jawbone plays a crucial role in living with dental implants, as it serves as the foundation for your tooth replacement.
If Dr. Tindal suggests a bone graft, he will place bone minerals into the specific area to encourage your body to rebuild the bone. The healing time can vary, but the average time is 3-6 months.
If you’ve recently had a tooth removed, it may be necessary to have your gums and jaw recontoured to create a natural look. An empty tooth socket results in a ridge in the alveolar bone, which is the area that surrounds the roots of your teeth. If this bone breaks, it will continue to deteriorate. By performing a ridge augmentation, we can rebuild the alveolar bone, so it adequately accommodates the implant.
Dr. Tindal will place bone material in the socket before using gum tissue to place over the socket and suture the area. You will then need to return home to heal.
If it’s not the lower portion of your jaw, but instead, your upper jaw that needs additional support for dental implants, we will suggest a sinus lift. Your maxillary sinuses are located behind your cheeks and above your upper teeth. When these teeth are removed, there is very little bone left, making it impossible for implant placement. A sinus lift helps the bone to grow into the floor of your sinuses. Dr. Tindal will fill the area with bone material before closing the incision and allowing the healing process to begin. It can take anywhere from 3-6 months to heal.
The majority (more than 90%) of dental implants that are placed are successful; however, when problems occur, it can result in implant failure. Some reasons an implant might fail include:
When this happens, your prosthodontist can perform dental implant salvage, which gives you the results you want and need. Depending on your case, surgery may or may not be necessary. It’s always best to try a non-invasive procedure first, but if Dr. Tindal believes it to be ineffective, you’ll need to move forward with surgery in order to maintain your smile.