Related Conditions and Treatments

Teeth can be lost due to decay, facial trauma, or disease. If your teeth have been missing for a long period of time it might be more difficult to replace missing adult teeth with a dental implant or implant supported dentures. As soon as a tooth is lost the underlying bone will start to deteriorate without a root to stimulate the bone. In these cases, Dr. Joseph Nemeth might suggest using a bone graft to build up the bone around a missing tooth. A sinus lift is another dental implant related procedure.


Procedure for a bone graft in Detroit, MI

If you are having a dental implant placed, it’s very common for Dr. Nemeth to recommend a bone graft.
During the procedure, you can expect the following steps:

Local anesthesia is used to numb the area where the bone will be removed and placed.
Incisions will be made in the area of the bone augmentation.
Placement of new bone and then sutures are placed for healing.
Antibiotics and pain medication are usually given after the procedure. Post-surgical pain with our bone-grafting procedure is usually minimal and post-surgical instructions may include a slight change in diet to encourage healing.
Your dental implant procedure will not be done until your mouth is healed completely.

While tooth and bone loss are common, the health issues that arise from missing teeth are not something you should have to live with. Restore your smile now! If you would like to benefit from a bone graft in Southfield, MI, call Dr. Nemeth and schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.

Build a strong foundation for dental implants with a sinus lift

A sinus lift is a procedure that may be needed to prepare the oral site for a dental implant. The maxillary sinuses are air-filled cavities above your back teeth in the upper jaw. Often, when the posterior teeth are extracted, bone loss may occur and the remaining bone in that area is insufficient to retain a successful tooth replacement or dental implant. The procedure itself involves “lifting” the lining of the sinus cavity and placing the bone graft onto the sinus floor. This will increase the amount of bone in the area, providing adequate space to place an implant.

Ridge augmentation can build healthy bone tissue before implant surgery

Ridge Augmentation procedures are used to correct concavities in the jawbone where natural teeth are missing. They can correct depressions in your gum line that are unnatural looking and sometimes make you appear older than you are. They can be used to prevent the jawbone from collapsing following tooth extraction. Ridge augmentation is also used to even out replacement teeth that may seem too long compared to adjacent teeth.

Ridge Augmentation before and after