Over time, missing teeth can cause the jaw bone to atrophy, or deteriorate. In many cases, this leads to bone loss in the jaw, which causes shifting teeth, changes to the facial structure, and additional tooth loss.
Common reasons for bone loss:
- Dental trauma
- Prolonged denture wearing
- Chronic gum disease
- Not replacing missing teeth
Due to advancements in dentistry, there is a wide range of solutions to help increase bone mass and prepare the jaw for implant placement. Our team at Bethesda Dental Implant Center in Bethesda, MD, and Washington, DC can work with you to find the right solution for your smile. We offer a range of comprehensive periodontal and implant services to improve your dental health. If you are in need of sinus lift surgery or bone grafting, visit our office to explore your options.
Bone Grafting in Washington, DC
Bone grafting may be recommended for patients with an inadequate amount of bone structure. In order for dental implants to be placed properly, there needs to be a sufficient amount of healthy bone structure for them to be placed into. If the bone under the gum is not wide enough or tall enough, you may to undergo grafting to prepare the bone for the implants. Bone grafting helps prepare the implant site so that implants can be placed successfully.
Bone grafting is an additive procedure. Bone is typically taken for the jaw, tibia, or hip and placed into the jaw. The surrounding bone will grow into the graft, creating a more stable foundation that can be used to support a dental implant.
If you are a candidate for the bone grafting procedure, our team will discuss all aspects of your care to ensure you are fully informed.
Sinus Lift Procedure in Washington, DC
A sinus lift is a form of the bone grafting procedure. A sinus lift is performed when the volume in the upper portion of the jaw is deemed inadequate. If an extensive amount of bone loss occurs, a sinus lift can be performed to lift the sinus floor and promote bone growth.
Reasons a sinus lift:
- Missing multiple teeth in the back of your jaw
- You are missing teeth due to a health condition
- Are missing multiple maxillary teeth and need dental implants
- Have experienced a significant amount of bone loss in the back of your jaw
During the procedure, the sinus floor is carefully lifted and a portion of the maxillary sinus is filled with bone grafting material, either from your body or another source; this creates a stronger sinus floor, which can be used to properly support a dental implant.
In many cases, a sinus lift is performed prior to implant placement and allowed a period of six months to properly heal. In some cases, the sinus lift procedure and implant procedure can be performed at the same time.
The sinus lift procedure makes it possible for patients to receive dental implants who were previously not ideal candidates for the implant procedure.