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Typical pre-implant procedures for patients with missing teeth

Possible Procedures Required Before Implants

If you’re interested in dental implants, you might already know that to qualify for treatment; you’ll require an adequate amount of bone in your jaw as well as healthy gums. Without these two oral health conditions, the likelihood of your conventional implant failing increases.

On average, dental implants have a 90% success rate, and for us, here at Aqua, to maintain our 98.3% average, we need to make sure your mouth is a healthy environment for the implant to thrive. Check if you qualify – book a consultation.

Typical pre-implant procedures for patients with missing teeth

To provide our patients with solid implants, performing particular pre-implant surgeries to maximise bone support is sometimes necessary. Standard procedures to make this happen are often socket preservation, bone regeneration and sinus augmentation, all of which we will explain in detail below:

Procedures Required Before Implants

Ridge preservation

If you have had a tooth extraction, it often leaves behind a hole or a socket. There are situations where an implant can be placed directly into this socket. However, if too much bone has deteriorated, the socket will need to be rebuilt or filled.

The procedures involved are bone grafts and membranes to prepare the site for stable implantation.

Bone regeneration

Patients with missing teeth almost always experience some degree of bone loss in their jaw, especially when teeth have been missing for some time. And jawbone does not regrow.

When teeth have been missing for an extended period, the bone goes through changes that cause it to shrink in on itself, and as we would need to screw the implant into the jawbone, it is crucial for there to be sufficient bone in place.

Bone regeneration is a technique that uses bone graft materials and membranes to bulk up the bony ridge to make it strong enough to support an implant.

Sinus augmentations

When it comes to the upper jaw, positioning implants will depend on the bone present. Sinus lifts are completed by opening a window to the sinus or through the same site used for the implant.

This procedure will add bone between the jaw and maxillary sinuses (the molars and premolars) area. This helps make room for our dentists to position bone in the graft. But to make room for the new bone, the sinus membrane is required to be lifted.

Sinus lifts are usually followed by a bone graft, which will allow the new implant to be placed securely.

Why dental implants?

Dental implants are an excellent investment. The results we can achieve with implants are the closest thing dentistry has to give you back your natural teeth!

More benefits include: 

  • Look just like natural teeth
  • Behave just like regular teeth
  • It prevents bone loss and preserves bone quality
  • It supports your facial structure and prevents sagging
  • Long-lasting (they can last a lifetime)
  • Cost-effective in the long run
  • It does not require you to limit what you eat
  • Easy to care for (same as you would regular teeth)

Begin your implant journey today.

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