What are Supplemental Procedures?
Supplemental procedures may be recommended by Dr. Stockdale if you’ve been missing teeth for a while. When you have natural teeth in your jaw, the daily strain of eating and speaking keeps your jawbone strong. Without teeth, the jawbone weakens and loses its shape.
Dental implants require a strong jaw and a healthy amount of bone to create a sturdy bond with. Increasing the amount of bone you have in your jaw can make your implant more likely to succeed.
Supplemental Procedure Processes
The supplemental procedure you receive depends on the location of the missing tooth, whether on the lower or upper jaw. You’ll either have a bone graft or a sinus lift. You don’t have to worry about pain or discomfort because you’ll be under general anesthesia for these procedures.
This procedure is performed when the tooth being replaced is on the lower jaw. When you don’t have enough bone material to support an implant, Dr. Stockdale can help you build more.
He’ll place a small amount of bone material in your jaw, which will stimulate your jawbone to produce more natural tissue. The process of building more bone can take a couple of months but after that, your implant can be placed.
Because this is surgery, you’ll be under general anesthesia so you won’t be conscious. But that means after your surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home and ensure you’re alright.
If your missing tooth is on your upper jaw, a sinus lift may be performed. This procedure is very similar to a bone graft, as more bone material will be used to stimulate growth in your jaw.
As with a bone graft, you’ll be unconscious for your surgery due to the general anesthesia. You won’t be able to drive, so you’ll have to make sure to have someone with you who can take you home.
Preparing You for Dental Implants
A supplemental procedure is often a necessary step in making sure your dental implant will be completely secure. After you’ve recovered from your procedure, you’ll be able to continue with the dental implant process and Dr. Stockdale can place your fixture.
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