Unlike other tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges, dental implants in Tallahassee replace missing teeth both above and below the gumline. Their firm foundation in your jawbone gives them unmatched comfort, improved function, and the potential to last a lifetime! However, dental implants can’t be placed successfully if your jawbone is too thin or if your sinuses are too low. At Boyd Dental Associates, we can prepare your smile for successful tooth replacement with advanced dental implant procedures like bone grafting and sinus lifts. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation and learn more!
Dental implants boast an astonishing success rate of over 95%, even 10 years after their placement! This is largely thanks to a unique process called osseointegration. Once the implant posts have been inserted into the jawbone, they fuse with the surrounding bone tissue to form a reliably strong and comfortable foundation for your new smile.
However, since tooth loss naturally causes jawbone disintegration, it’s common for patients with missing teeth to lack adequate jawbone density. If your jawbone isn’t strong enough, your dental implants could fail. Thankfully, bone grafting in Tallahassee can help boost the thickness of the jawbone. Bone tissue (either from another part of your body or a doner) can be transferred to the area of your jaw that needs to be denser. The grafted tissue will integrate into your jawbone, strengthen it, and encourage new bone tissue growth.
Sometimes, patients are able to have their dental implants placed directly after their bone grafting procedure. Other times, you’ll need to wait a few months for your mouth to fully heal first. After your bone graft, it’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days. Thankfully, your symptoms should be easily managed with rest, ice packs, and over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you’ve lost some or all of your upper teeth, there may not be enough bone tissue by your sinuses to place the dental implant posts without them protruding into the cavities. A sinus lift in Tallahassee is a type of bone grafting that’s specially designed to help avoid this problem.
This procedure involves making an incision in the gums and gently pushing up the membranes that protect the sinuses. Then, a grafting material is added to thicken the area and keep the sinuses away from the area where the dental implant posts need to be placed. Once your gums are sutured closed, you’ll typically need to wait several months for more bone tissue to grow before getting your dental implants.
Even if you don’t think you’re a good candidate for a dental implant procedure in Tallahassee, come see us for a consultation anyways! Whether you need a simple treatment like a filling or a more complex procedure like bone grafting or a sinus lift, our talented team of dental professionals can help you get ready for your brand-new smile!