Many men and women who want to replace their missing teeth just do not have a thick or strong enough jawbone to support dental implants in Portland. Insufficient jawbone depth can be caused by dental trauma, gum disease, or lack of stimulation due to missing teeth, among other reasons.
Fortunately, advanced dental implant procedures such as bone grafting and sinus lifts can help rejuvenate the jawbone and position patients for dental implant success!
Bone grafting is a specialized procedure designed to stimulate healthy bone growth in the mouth and rebuild damaged or deteriorated bone.
The bone graft procedure involves placing grafting material – usually processed bone minerals – in specific areas of the jaw where the bone is weak or missing. The grafting material stimulates the body to create and deposit new bone cells in the area, gradually returning the jawbone back to full strength.
Grafting material may come from different sources, including the patient’s own hip or back of the jaw, a separate human donor, an animal source, or synthetic grafting material.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure typically performed when a patient does not have enough bone to support a dental implant in the upper jaw near the molars and premolars. Bone must be added to the area, but the maxillary sinus is often in the way. A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation, makes room for the new bone by gently moving the sinus up and out of the way.
A sinus lift in Portland is typically completed in several steps:
You may experience some mild swelling and bleeding after the procedure, but any discomfort should quickly subside in just a few days.