Dental implants are a long-lasting tooth replacement option that look, feel and function like natural teeth. In order for dental implants to be successful, candidates must have adequate bone in the jaw to properly support them. Visiting your dental clinic in Montreal for a consultation is the first step to finding out whether implants are right for you. Procedures such as bone grafting, a sinus lift can help to ensure that implants properly fuse with the bone and become fully integrated.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone augmentation or bone grafting is a simple surgical procedure that is frequently performed in dental clinics in Montreal. First, your dentist will numb the area and make a small incision in the gum. Next, bone grafting material is added, which may consist of sterile lab-processed bone from a human or animal donor or biocompatible synthetic material. After the bone is added, your dentist will suture the incision closed. This augmentation procedure will help your jaw bone grow thicker. Typically, an implant can be placed three to four months following a bone graft, and after a few more months you’ll return to your dental clinic in Montreal to have your implant restored with a crown.
Other Types of Bone Augmentation
Also called sinus augmentation, a sinus lift is a surgical procedure that is used to add bone to the upper jaw in the molar and premolar areas. Your maxillary sinuses are on either side of your nose, and must be “lifted,” or moved upward to make room for the bone that is added, increasing the height of the bone so it is able to support implants.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, contact your Westmount dental clinic in Montreal.