The success of your dental implants–in both the short-term and long-term–depends on the condition of your mouth before you have them placed. Patients who have certain oral conditions may benefit from a supplemental procedure beforehand to improve their chances of a successful outcome. These procedures, such as gum disease treatment and bone grafting, are designed to prepare the teeth, gums, and jawbone for implant placement.
At JP Dental and Implant Center, Dr. Poovey offers a full range of supplemental procedures to get your mouth into ideal condition before implant placement, including:
A strong jawbone is required for fusing with the implant fixture and supporting the powerful force of chewing. Ensuring the jawbone is thick enough before implant placement is vital. If a patient lacks sufficient bone mass to handle the dental implants, then a bone grafting procedure may be necessary.
During the procedure, bone tissue–either from a donated source or taken from the patient–is added to areas of the jawbone where the implants will be placed. As the area heals, new bone will grow around the grafted tissue, strengthening the entire jawbone so it can support an implant.
In some cases, bone loss causes the jawbone to become too narrow to support a dental implant. To correct this issue Dr. Poovey can perform a ridge modification. This type of bone grafting procedure is designed to increase the width of either the upper or lower jaw so implants can be placed.
The upper back jaw is arguably the most challenging area for implant placement. When bone loss occurs in this area it often increases the size of the sinus cavity, leaving insufficient bone to support a dental implant. In this case, a sinus augmentation (or sinus lift) procedure can be performed. This is another type of bone grafting procedure that adds to the existing bone tissue to create an optimal environment for installing the implant.
The condition of your gums plays a big role in the success of your dental implants. If you have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, it’s important to treat this infection before dental implants are placed to make sure your procedure is a success. If you exhibit any of the common gum disease symptoms–such as bleeding, red, and swollen gums–Dr. Poovey will suggest a course of treatment which may include root planning and scaling or other options such as laser therapy.
The health of your entire mouth can affect the ultimate success of your restoration. Oral issues such as decayed, damaged, and failing teeth could cause complications after your implants have been placed. In order to create a healthy environment, we may suggest removing damaged teeth before your procedure to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
If you’d like to learn more about how Dr. Poovey can use dental implants to restore your smile, schedule a consultation at his Grand Junction, CO practice today. During your consultation, he will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if any supplemental procedures would benefit you before implant placement. Dr. Poovey can help you decide if it’s the right treatment plan for you. Contact us today and be on your way toward restoring beauty and function to your smile!
Dr. John P. Poovey
2412 Patterson Road #7
Grand Junction, CO
Monday: 8AM - 5PM
Tuesday: 7:30AM - 5PM
Wednesday: 7:30AM - 5PM
Thursday: 7:30AM - 5PM
Friday: 7:30AM - 4:30PM