At Washington Periodontics, we understand that every patient is different, and we will tailor our approach to meet your individual needs. We offer a wide range of services to treat periodontal disease and other conditions.
For many people, dentures are a necessary solution to the problem of tooth loss. However, traditional dentures can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, slipping out of place and causing irritation.
If you've been considering dentures but have been told you have too much bone loss for traditional dental implants, you may be a perfect candidate for implant-supported dentures. Unlike traditional dental implants, which require a certain amount of bone to anchor them in place, implant-supported dentures use a series of small titanium posts to provide a secure and stable foundation. This means that denture wearers of all ages can enjoy the benefits of a strong and healthy bite without having to undergo bone grafts or other bone enhancement procedures.
By anchoring the denture to one or more implants, implant-supported dentures provide a more stable fit and significantly reduce the risk of slippage. In addition, they can help to preserve the bone structure in the jaw, preventing further tooth loss.
If you've lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease or for other reasons, it's not just the look of your smile that is in jeopardy. In addition to the aesthetic impact, tooth loss can also lead to changes in the structure of the jawbone and the surrounding soft tissues.
As a result, patients may require bone or soft tissue grafting in order to restore their mouth to its previous form. Bone grafting procedures involve transplanted bone material being used to fill in areas of bone loss. Soft tissue grafting involves transplanting soft tissue from one area of the mouth to another in order to rebuild lost tissue.
You may need bone or soft tissue grafting before you can have dental implants or other tooth-replacement options. Both types of grafting procedures can be complex and delicate, but they are safe options that offer patients the chance to once again have a healthy and functioning mouth.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that is performed to raise the sinus floor and create more bone for dental implants. The sinus lift procedure is often necessary when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw for dental implants. Sinus lifts are also sometimes needed when the sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed.
You may need a sinus lift if you need dental implants but have inadequate bone density, low positioning of the sinus, or an enlarged sinus cavity. A sinus lift is a common and safe procedure that can be performed right here in our office.