As a dental implant specialist in Orlando, Dr. Russo has the training, technology, and experience to provide outstanding implant care, even before the implant procedure has started. As part of his initial evaluation, he looks closely at the health of your jawbone to make sure it’s strong enough to provide your implants with the support they need. However, that doesn’t mean that patients who have experienced bone loss aren’t a candidate for the procedure. Oftentimes, Dr. Russo can recommend advanced treatment such as a bone graft or sinus lift that enables you to enjoy all the benefits implants have to offer. Learn more about these procedures below and call us anytime if you’d like to schedule a consultation, or if you simply have questions!
A bone graft can be a great option for people whose jawbone is thin or weak as a result of gum disease (which destroys the bone over time) or who lost their teeth a long time ago and have experienced the natural bone loss that occurs when the teeth are lost.
The procedure typically takes between 45 and 90 minutes and involves placing bone grafting material or bone tissue from another area of your body into the area of the jaw where the implant will be. This encourages your body to rebuild more of its own bone so that it can provide the solid, stable foundation dental implants need.
While the initial recovery period is around 7 to 10 days, it often takes between 3 and 6 months for the jaw to build enough bone for the implant procedure to be done. However, in some cases, the bone graft and implant procedure can be done at the same time.
A sinus lift is only done when dental implants will be placed in the upper jaw, which is naturally thinner, has less bone density, and is also very close to the sinuses. To give the upper jaw enough “height” to support the length of an implant post, a sinus lift raises your sinuses and adds additional bone tissue into the area. Similar to a bone graft, this procedure also encourages the body’s own bone growth, so it will take some time (generally between 3 and 9 months) before you’re ready to have implants placed in your jaw.
However, while these preliminary treatments add time to your treatment plan, they also enable you to enjoy a healthy, restored smile for a lifetime, so the payoff is well worth it!