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Dr. Brantly will be the dentist that restores the implants by attaching a tooth or prosthesis to ensure it looks great and functions properly. Dr. Brantly works with local surgeons who specialize in the surgical placement of the implant(s) into your jawbone. Dr. Brantly and the surgeon will work together to ensure the implant is placed in an ideal position to support the final restoration he is planning in your case. This page is intended to explain some of the terms that may arise when you discuss the implant process with Dr. Brantly or the surgeon.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, regular maintenance is essential. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar, which can sometimes lead to bone loss around the implants. Professional cleanings in our office will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs. The teeth around the implant restoration also shift slightly over time, and checking Dr. Brantly will periodically check and adjust the bite to prevent damage to the restoration or other teeth.
Sinus Lift Augmentation
After the loss of upper back teeth, your sinuses may enlarge in size. Before new implants replace the lost teeth, a sinus lift augmentation or graft relocates the sinus cavity into its original position and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Autogenous Bone Grafting
Occasionally, ideal areas where dental implants are to be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to predictably place the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to "borrow" bone from another area of your mouth to graft into the deficient area. Often the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
Implant Site Development
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have bone loss around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning
Special 3D software will be used to evaluate your bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with the surgeon to ensure an ideal result for your dental implants.