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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures – East Islip, NY

Getting Ready for Your New Smile

The jawbone starts to break down once the teeth that provide it with stimulation are gone. If you’ve been living with a gap in your smile for a while, odds are you’ve already suffered from bone loss. Unfortunately, inadequate jawbone density can sometimes stop you from getting implants – but it doesn’t have to! Contact East Islip Dental Care today to schedule a dental implant consultation and learn about advanced procedures that might let you get implants even after your jaw has started to deteriorate.

Bone Grafting

Smiling woman at dental surgery

Bone grafting is meant to help diseased or damaged bones repair and rebuild themselves. We can use it to give your jaw the extra height it needs to support dental implants.

During the procedure, grafting material is placed in your jaw for the living cells in the bone to bond to, allowing it to regenerate. The kind of material depends on the type of bone graft you’re getting. Autografts are one of the most common kinds; they use bone tissue from another part of the body, such as the hips. Allografts will use bone from a human donor, xenografts take the bone from an animal source, and alloplastic grafts use synthetic material. We’ll select the kind of graft that will work best with your specific situation.

Before you get a bone graft, you should let us know everything about your current health (for example, any medications you’re taking or whether you’ve been sick recently). Some medicines, like those that thin the blood, shouldn’t be used prior to the surgery.

It’ll take several months to fully recover from a bone graft, at which point your dental implants can be placed. During the recovery period, you can use pain medication and ice packs for any discomfort or swelling. You should follow a soft food diet for a while; be sure to avoid chewing with teeth near or at the site of the surgery.

Sinus Lifts

Jawbone

A sinus lift is a lot like bone grafting; it also involves using transplant materials (whether from your own body, a donor, an animal or something synthetic) to encourage deteriorated or damaged bone to repair itself. However, the main difference is that it’s a procedure specifically for the upper jaw; in addition to adding bone height, it can also be used to move the sinuses away from where the implants need to be placed if there isn’t enough room for the posts otherwise.

After making a small incision in your gum tissues, we will gently push the membrane that lines your sinuses up and away from your jaw. This creates an empty space for the grafting material to be placed, adding several millimeters of height. It’ll take about four to nine months for the jaw to fully repair itself; once it does the implant surgery will begin.

If your jaw has started to break down, it doesn’t have to stop you from getting dental implants; call us as soon as possible to figure out what kind of procedure could help you repair your smile!