Oral Surgery & Implant Procedures
New Smile offers multiple oral surgery & implant procedures to help improve your overall dental health.
Despite the many improvements in modern dental care and hygiene, millions of people still suffer from tooth loss, usually caused by untreated decay, gum disease, or injury. Formerly, the only solutions for a missing tooth or teeth were bridges and dentures. But now, dental implants can effectively replace that missing tooth and, if properly cared for, can last the rest of the patient’s life.
At New Smiles, we help people regain a great looking, functional smile with implants. The process may take some time depending on your condition but is absolutely worth it in the end.
When is bone grafting required?
If during the initial examination the patient is deemed to have an insufficient bone volume to anchor an implant, the dentist will recommend bone grafting to increase the bone volume. Without it, the jawbone may not be able to, first, have enough depth to adequately anchor the implant, and second, to withstand the force exerted by chewing. A bone graft procedure may be essential to create a solid base for the dental implant.
How does bone grafting work?
The dentist will first prepare the area to receive the graft. Then an allograft, xenograft or autograft of particulate or block bone is prepared for the site. This material is then placed into the area of the jawbone needing more volume and overlayed with a collagen membrane or secured in place with one or two tiny screws. Anywhere from four to nine months later, depending on your body’s bone-building prowess, the jawbone will have accepted the graft and grown more bone around it. It is now ready to support the implant.
Gum Recession is when your gums start pulling away from your teeth. Your dentist will graft gum tissue from the roof of your mouth, from around the tooth or from a tissue bank to the areas where your gum line is receding.
A sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is a surgery done by your dentist to add bone to your upper jaw near your molars. To make room for the bone, the dentist will move or “lift” your sinus membrane.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure where the dentist removes one or more of your wisdom teeth. To prevent any future problems, your dentists may recommend that you have your wisdom tooth extracted even if they are not impacted or causing pain.