Getting a dermal implant to replace a missing tooth or teeth can restore your confidence, and you want to know that your mouth structure will support them. Restoring lost dermal bone and tissue is paramount to enjoying the aesthetic benefits of implant treatment and your overall health. It also restores the natural jaw contour that may diminish after extended time without teeth.
The low-risk augmentation of a sinus lift can help ensure successful dental implant surgery. Here are five exciting facts about how both procedures allow you to continue to enjoy your dental implants.
1. Gum Tissue Recedes After Tooth Loss
Receding gum tissue can be a health concern after losing one or more teeth. When a tooth is pulled or lost, the supporting gum tissue and bone will recede in time after about six months. Patients who wait several months or years to replace missing teeth with implants will need to replace the tissue. Bone grafting will ensure the implant is well placed and will remain. The patient will enjoy their implants for several years, if not a lifetime, if they have the proper gum work done before implant placement.
2. Replacing a Tooth With Implant Is Time Sensitive
Once a tooth is lost, the gum tissue will begin to recede after approximately six months. Patients who choose implants before then can avoid the additional procedures of bone grafts and sinus lifting. Although the procedures are routine for qualified oral surgeons, less work needed on the mouth is always better. If you had a recent tooth loss, it’s best to have an implant replacement quickly. If it’s been years, no problem. The lost tissue can be replaced.
3. Patients With History of Gum Disease Should Expect Grafting
Bone grafting may be necessary even when not receiving a dental implant. It may be required to support a part of the jaw that has bone loss due to gum disease. Bone loss can affect adjacent tissue and teeth, so stabilizing the area is paramount to avoid long-term complications. If the gum disease is not managed correctly, tooth loss may result.
4. Maxillary Sinuses Migrate Downward After Tooth Loss
The maxillary sinuses are cavities sitting inside the cheekbones. The roots of the rear teeth project up into this sinus naturally. After an extended period of missing a tooth or teeth, the sinuses will move downward, creating insufficient bone tissue for implant replacement. Like a bone lift, a sinus lift can be a helpful treatment to ensure successful implant surgery.
5. Only Oral Surgeons Should Perform Dental Implants
At Hill Country Oral Surgery, we are experienced in the bone grafting procedures required to place functional and aesthetic implants. We have successfully performed many of these procedures for patients who are missing teeth and patients who have had severe traumas, resulting in loss of permanent teeth. Our training and experience performing these complex procedures have made our practice one of the most sought-after oral surgery practices for bone grafting and sinus lifts in Austin, TX.
If you require pre-treatment as a part of your dental implant treatment plan, contact Hill Country Oral Surgery today to learn more.