Am I a candidate for dental implants?
After you have had a tooth extracted, the walls of your tooth socket are very thick and typically they will become filled in with bone over the course of two or three months. There are occurrences when the wall of your sockets can be very thin, typically with your upper and lower front teeth, when the bone may not thick enough to receive dental implants. When you are in this situation then you may need a bone graft in Santa Rosa, California. A bone graft will often be placed at when you have your tooth extracted in order to assist your body in filling in the empty socket with bone. This is done in order to preserve the dimensions of bone that are required for the placement of implants that will occur several months later.
You may have inadequate bone in order to receive dental implants from our oral surgeons if you had any of your teeth removed years ago. If this is the case for you, then we may be able to place a bone graft with your thin bone and allowed to heal over the course of up to six months. Once the bone graft has become fused to your pre¬-existing bone, we will place your implant. Office visits for bone graft placements are relatively comfortable. There are many different options for bone-grafting materials, one option includes your own bone.
Another condition that may also indicate that you need a bone graft is when you have sinus cavities that are larger or low and happen to encroach on your tooth-bearing areas. This condition will typically be the result of the teeth in the back of your upper jaw being removed many years earlier. This condition will often mean that there is not enough bone there to support an implant placement. A “sinus grafting procedure” will be required in order to proceed with your implants. We will locate and elevate the membrane that lines your sinus. Dr. Jiries Mogannam, Dr. Vicente Chavez and Dr. Christopher Chow then restore the bone height in order to ensure that we will be able to place implants of adequate length. Frequently, this treatment can be performed at the same time that your implants are placed.
Curious about getting dental implants from Sonoma County Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center and want to learn more about how we use bone grafts to enable our patients the best care possible? Call 707-566-7300 today and we will be happy to set you up with an appointment or answer any questions we can.