There are several procedures that may be required before you can receive a dental implant. Our oral surgeons will examine your mouth to evaluate your oral health and decide which treatments may be required before your implant procedure can begin. If you have questions about our dental implant procedures, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trent Westernoff or Dr. Martin Mardirosian, please call our office today at 310-375-0514.
Dental Implant Process
In order to determine the best treatment for each patient, an extensive number of diagnostic steps must be taken. These steps may include X-rays, models, photos, an examination, and possibly a CT Scan. This information, together with the patient’s wishes, will determine the ideal treatment. It is impossible to give an exact estimate of time, fees, or the extent of treatment without a blueprint of the dental treatment plan.
Occasionally, if a patient does not have a sufficient amount of bone to support a dental implant, a bone graft may be necessary prior to dental implant placement. The amount of available bone is determined through the use of the diagnostic tools. Our oral surgeons will explain any additional procedures necessary prior to implant placement.
If you have a budgetary concern, please discuss the matter with the implant coordinator prior to planning your treatment. We will design the best possible outcome with your desires and budget in mind.
A key to dental implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the dental implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to its close proximity to the sinus and insufficient bone quantity and quality. Sinus bone grafting can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and grafting bone for the placement of dental implants.
Ridge Modification (Augmentation)
Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or a bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge-grafting modification has been shown to greatly improve your appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
For more information about sinus grafting, ridge augmentation, or other dental implant procedures, contact Oral Surgery Partners today.