September 14, 2016

Dental implants help individuals to re-gain full functionality of their teeth and promote oral health. Considering this, it is no surprise that many individuals have turned to this procedure as their preferred method of tooth replacement. If you are considering getting dental implants, there are a few things that you should know. For one, in order for dental implant surgery to be successful, some dental preparation may be necessary.

Preparation Procedures

Some of the most common preparation procedures include:

  • tooth extraction: As the name indicates, an extraction involves removing a tooth. If the damaged or infected tooth is still rooted in your mouth, your dentist will need to perform a tooth extraction before putting the implant in.
  • bone grafting: To prevent surrounding tissue from collapsing in on the implant, sometimes a bone graft is used, where grafts from the jaw bone are implanted in the cavity.
  • sinus lift: Sometimes it is necessary to add bone to the upper jaw and molar areas in order to support an implant. In such cases, the sinus membrane must be lifted.
  • ridge preservation: This type of bone grafting procedure places bone in place of a missing tooth to ensure that the jawbone does not recede.
  • ridge augmentation: This procedure is used to recreate the natural contour of the jaw and gums that may have been lost due to tooth decay or extraction. This prepares the cavity to properly house the implant.

Speak With Your Dentist

Which procedure you may need depends upon the condition of your teeth and what needs to be accomplished. As with any goal, there are a few different ways that it can be achieved. A knowledgeable dentist will be able to evaluate the current state of your mouth and provide you with the most effective means to accomplish your oral health goals.

Whatever procedure you may need in order to have a successful dental implant, Dr. Gregg Codelli is poised to assist. With his years of experience and personable manner, you are sure to feel secure in his chair. To schedule an appointment, call us today.



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