Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Dental implant surgery is a minor surgical procedure. In most cases your surgery can be done under local anesthesia alone, or if needed, sedation may be used for additional patient comfort. The level of sedation needed varies with each patient and this will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.
Doctor Ferguson will complete your implant surgery and coordinate your restorative treatment once you are ready to have the crown, bridge or denture placed on the dental implant or implants. The dental implant replaces the root of your missing tooth or teeth and a tooth restoration will attach on top of the implant to complete the treatment.
For most patients, recovery time is typically 1-2 days and does not interfere significantly with work or social schedules.
The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Sinuses are like empty rooms that have nothing in them. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone.
There is a solution and it’s called a sinus graft or sinus lift graft. Dr. Ferguson enters the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be and is able to graft new bone in place. After careful monitoring, the graft will slowly become your own, allowing Dr. Ferguson to place a dental implant.
L-PRF (Platlet Rich Growth Factors)
Tooth loss and damage to the jaw bone and tissues are often challenging for your dentist during oral surgery or implant placement. Without enough support in the jawbone, dental implants cannot be immediately stabilized and tissue healing can be a long process. The solution to these and other difficult situations is a new Platelet Therapy created from your own blood. Leukocyte –Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) changes all the rules as it promotes healing and bone growth from within your own body. Unlike other treatments that use artificial components, Platelet Therapy with L-PRF uses only your own blood. With a simple blood draw and an advanced technology protocol, L-PRF is individually made for you - from you. The end results are improved healing response and significantly less recovery time.
When placed in surgery sites, L-PRF releases your body’s own natural healing proteins, creating a more efficient network for cells to enhance the healing process.
The therapy is 100% natural and additive-free. Natural growth factors present in your body are concentrated using L-PRF. Your own concentrated platelets and other key blood cells and their unique healing abilities are simply re-introduced at the site of your surgical procedure. As a result, your own body releases powerful healing proteins, and creates a scaffold for healing. If you are interested in finding out more about L-PRF, give our office a call and we will be happy to set up an appointment to discuss using L-PRF in your next procedure.