Part of a successful dental implant surgery relies on the quality of the jawbone. When teeth are lost in the upper back portion of your jaw, this bone resorbs and the sinus expands downward. It may be too difficult or unsafe to place a dental implant without harming the sinus membrane. Thankfully, a procedure exists that can correct this problem and qualify a patient for dental implants—a sinus lift. One of the more complex oral surgeries, sinus lifts should be completed by a trained specialist for best results.
Understanding the Sinus Lift Procedure
A thin layer of bone is all that separates your mouth from the sinus cavity. If you have low sinuses or teeth in this area are lost, this sinus wall is too thin for dental implants. A sinus lift is often completed to establish proper bone height and volume. During the procedure, the sinus membrane is gently lifted so bone grafts can be inserted beneath. This graft and natural bone will integrate and provide the necessary bone quality to safely place an implant.
Why See a Specialist for a Sinus Lift?
Like any complex surgery, there are some risks involved and the chances of these problems arising are significantly increased if the procedure is not completed by an expert. While there are dentists who have trained in sinus lift surgery, it is unlikely that they complete these procedures regularly. This puts patients at a greater risk for serious problems, including sinus infection, membrane perforation, and chronic sinusitis.
As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson has completed extensive training in surgeries related to missing teeth and bone loss, including sinus lifts. Additionally, she has exceeded the requirements of her field to obtain high credentialing and recognition from the American Academy of Periodontology. With experience in advanced techniques and routine completion of this procedure, she has the expertise to provide safe and effective treatment that can qualify you for dental implants.
The Advantages of Seeing Dr. Anderson
• Specialized care from a board-certified periodontist
• Unique and minimally invasive surgical techniques
• Minimal risk of infection or post-operative complications
• Predictable surgery to qualify for dental implants
Experiencing Tooth and Bone Loss?
With the expertise of Dr. Anderson, you can qualify for dental implants, even if you have extensive bone loss in your upper jaw! Schedule your sinus lift consultation at Anderson Periodontal Wellness online or by calling (248) 480-4910 today.
Dental implants are considered the most ideal tooth replacement option to restore optimal aesthetics, function, and health to the smile. The only permanent solution, dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth and rely on the jawbone for long-term stability and support. If this bone has resorbed from tooth loss or other factors, our periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, will often recommend bone grafting before dental implants can be placed. Bone grafting before dental implants is important for many reasons, including:
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that restores missing bone in the jaw. The new bone material acts as scaffolding in areas of bone loss. During the healing phase, the new material and existing bone will fuse and create a healthy, solid foundation of new bone. Bone grafting makes dental implants possible, while also helping to guarantee the longevity of your new smile. Dental implants surgically placed into this new dense bone will remain strong and stable, providing the necessary support for new teeth that return over 99 percent of natural biting and chewing function.
Bone grafting in the aesthetic zone, or the area that is visible when you smile, can preserve the long-term aesthetics of the gum tissue and dental implant as well. In a procedure known as ridge augmentation, bone grafts restore the natural contours of the ridge while also building up the gum line. For patients with extensive bone loss, bone grafting helps restore the facial structure as well as provide a base for new teeth. Overall, when a dental implant is placed and restored at the site, long-term aesthetics of the smile can be preserved more predictably.
Bone and tooth loss are often attributed to gum disease, an infection caused by bacteria that damages the gums, bone, and teeth. Restoring bone levels through bone grafting may also be part of gum disease treatment, which improves oral health and helps reduce the risk of future problems. With strong bone and stable teeth, it’s easier to improve both oral health and overall health with the ability to eat a variety of foods. Straight, aligned teeth can also reduce discomfort associated with muscular and joint dysfunction caused by tooth and bone loss.
Choose a Bone Grafting Specialist
Dr. Anderson is a board-certified periodontist specializing in soft tissue and bone treatments and dental implants. She is a certified S.M.A.R.T. provider to offer minimally invasive bone grafting, with predictable and lasting results, especially in the aesthetic zone. Her training and years of experience qualify her to offer advanced bone grafting treatment, including socket preservation, sinus lift, and ridge augmentation. Additionally, she uses advanced healing techniques to accelerate the healing process and stimulate new bone growth. Using advanced technology and minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Anderson can help you restore your smile with specialized bone grafting and permanent dental implants.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Anderson welcomes patients with tooth and bone loss for a bone grafting consultation at her practice, Anderson Periodontal Wellness. Schedule your consultation today in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI, (248) 480-4910
While the primary concern for missing, or failing teeth is loss of biting and chewing function, treating a fading smile is often equally as important. With dental implant and advanced bone grafting solutions, you can enjoy both restored function and improved esthetics. Find out how bone grafting can help you get dental implants and strengthen the structure of your smile.
How Bone Grafting and Dental Implants Support the Structure of Smiles
Bone grafting is a broad term for a number of procedures aimed to replacing or regenerating lost bone. In general, these procedures are carried out in periodontal and oral surgery offices by specialists who place allograft (sterile cadaver bone made of collagen type 1 and 3) or autogenous (your own bone harvested from elsewhere in the mouth) bone material in areas of the jawbones that have experienced bone loss. This “regrown” bone now serves to replace teeth via implants at sites that were previously not candidates. At the new implant sites, the loading or what specialists call proprioception of the implant to the bone, preserves bone density and volume going forward. This is a way not only to replace missing teeth but also to minimize further loss of bone and preserve your natural anatomy.
Options for Bone Grafting
Here’s a look at two common bone grafting procedures:
Ridge augmentation – Bone tissue and growth factors, which expedite healing, are placed to strengthen jawbones and provide a firm foundation for dental implants. Dr. Anderson prefers a novel technique called S.M.A.R.T., involving adding bone graft to a deficit site via a pouch. This minimally invasive option is correlated with better patient reported outcomes and superior clinical gains vs more invasive traditional techniques.
Ridge preservation – Bone is grafted immediately into sockets after extraction. This procedure minimizes bone loss or atrophy after a tooth extraction, and can help prevent the need for ridge augmentation procedures thus leaving open the possibility for dental implants later.
More on Dental Implants and Bone Grafting in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Much like how knee surgery of the past has been updated with a less invasive approach involving small incisions and laparoscopic tools, so has bone grafting for the oral cavity. Dr. Lauren Anderson is S.M.A.R.T (Subperiosteal Minimally invasive Aesthetic Ridge augmentation Technique) certified and trained by its founder Dr. Ernesto Lee. With this technique, Dr. Lauren Anderson is able to offer less invasive options to predictably regenerate lost bone. S.M.A.R.T. indications include bone growth prior to implant placement (congenitally missing teeth, ridge atrophy, trauma etc.) and jaw expansion for orthodontic patients who do not have adequate bone thickness to allow for tooth movement.
In the above image, please note the before and after grafting radiographic images of a patient seeking implant therapy. The jaw bone is surrounded by cortical bone shown as a curved white line (upper image) and is insufficient for implant placement, the new jaw bone as the larger area of white to the lateral of the initial outline (lower image) now a surplus of bone noted for ideal implant placement. This case, courtesy of Dr. Ernesto Lee, is an example of the results that are routinely reached with this grafting technique. The patient reported little to no discomfort and minimal swelling after the procedure. Bone requires 6 months to heal prior to the next phase of therapy, implant placement.
It’s exciting- the prospect of having replacement teeth implanted, restoring both function and esthetics to your smile. But just a few simple words, “you aren’t a good candidate for dental implants,” can dash hopes of smiling confidently again and again enjoying foods you could no longer eat after losing your natural teeth.
However, a periodontist can offer you more advanced solutions to regrow lost bone and allow dental implants to be placed. These are some of the things an experienced periodontist in Bloomfield Hill, MI can do to keep your help you become a stronger candidate for dental implants.
The Standard Bone Grafting Process
Your jawbone is made of living tissue. The roots of natural teeth, which are housed in the jawbone, keep the bone stimulated. But when teeth fall out or are knocked out, the area once stimulated by natural teeth begins to deteriorate.
Bone grafting after extraction can help preserve areas susceptible to bone loss and can even regenerate new bone tissue.
After you’ve been giving a local anesthetic, your periodontist will fold back a small flap of your gum to access the area of the jawbone threatened by deterioration. Your periodontist will pack bone particles into the area.
Within a few months, usually about three to six, the graft material will be absorbed and replaced with new bone growth.
Advanced Grafting Solutions
Below are some of the many advanced bone grafting solutions offered at Anderson Periodontal Wellness:
Ridge preservation – the procedure helps save bone after a tooth is lost or pulled. The socket is packed with natural bone particles to minimize bone loss during the healing process. This, many times, prevents the need for more invasive grafting in the future by preserving the natural anatomy.
Guided tissue regeneration – biocompatible membrane is placed over a bone graft, helping your periodontist manage the regeneration of bone and gum tissue.
S.M.A.R.T – much like a soft tissue graft can be tunneled under your gum for root coverage, Dr. Lauren Anderson is trained to perform minimally invasive SMART procedures to reach bone growth through a similar tunnel in the gum.
Block grafting – in extreme cases of bone loss, bone from the side of your jaw or chin can be moved to the area of deficit. This bone can harbor dental implants after 6 – 9 months of healing.
Bone Morphogenic Protein (BMP) Growth Factors – a supplemental technique that leverages growth factors and new bone material to quicken regeneration time and predictably guide tissue growth.
More on Bone Grafting in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Reserve a time to talk with a Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about your options for getting dental implants in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Please reach Anderson Periodontal Wellness by phone at (248) 480-4910.
Meet our patient S.O., a 20 year old female. She was born with congenitally missing teeth in the lower jaw and as a consequence overt lost bone in these areas. Dr. Anderson completed a bone graft procedure whereby a small piece of her own bone was taken from the symphysis (chin) and relocated to areas where dental implants were needed. S.O. was then able to receive dental implants to allow for greatly improved chewing, function, and esthetics. Please see above for anatomy before and after bone grafting procedures. S.O. was surprised by how significantly her quality of life improved after her periodontal work!
If you have bone loss but want to experience the benefits of fixed dental implants, contact Dr. Anderson to see if you are a candidate for this treatment or other minimally invasive grafting procedures. A comprehensive exam and 3D CBCT x-ray give Dr. Anderson the tools to customize your care!