Village Dental Care

Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts

Enhancing Dental Implant Success with Advanced Surgical Procedures

At Village Dental Care in Bowral, we’re committed to providing comprehensive solutions for dental implant candidates who require additional support to ensure the success of their implant procedures. Led by Dr. Justin Tan, our skilled team offers bone grafting and sinus lifts as preparatory surgeries for patients with insufficient bone density or volume in the jaw. These advanced surgical procedures are essential for creating a solid foundation for dental implants, ensuring their stability and longevity.

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What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves adding bone tissue to the jawbone to increase its density and volume. This procedure is often necessary for patients who have experienced bone loss due to tooth extraction, gum disease, or injury. By transplanting bone tissue from another part of the body or using synthetic bone graft materials, we can encourage natural bone growth and create a more robust foundation for dental implants.

What is a Sinus Lift?

A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation, is a specialised form of bone grafting performed on the upper jaw. This procedure is required when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implant placement. During a sinus lift, the sinus membrane is carefully lifted, and bone graft material is inserted into the space created to promote bone growth.

Benefits of Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts

Increased Implant Success

These procedures significantly improve the success rate of dental implants by providing adequate bone support.

Improved Aesthetics

By restoring the natural jawline and facial structure, bone grafting and sinus lifts can enhance your overall appearance.

Long-Term Solution

Building up the jawbone ensures a lasting foundation for dental implants, contributing to their durability and function.

Expanded Treatment Options

Patients who were previously not candidates for dental implants due to bone loss may now qualify after undergoing these procedures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bone grafting or sinus lifts are recommended for patients who lack sufficient bone density or volume in their jaw to support dental implants. This situation can arise due to tooth loss, gum disease, or injury. These procedures are crucial for patients who wish to enhance their candidacy for dental implants.

Bone graft material can be sourced in several ways:

  • Autograft: Bone taken from another area of the patient’s body.
  • Allograft: Donor bone from a human bone bank.
  • Xenograft: Bone from an animal source, typically bovine.
  • Alloplast: Synthetic bone-like materials. Dr. Tan will recommend the most suitable type of bone graft material based on your specific needs and the procedure’s requirements.

Recovery times can vary depending on the individual case and the extent of the surgery. Generally, patients may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days after the procedure, which can be managed with medications. The initial healing phase may take a few weeks, but complete integration of the graft with your natural bone may take several months. Dr. Tan will monitor your healing process closely.

With modern surgical techniques and anaesthesia, patients typically experience minimal discomfort during bone grafting and sinus lift procedures. Post-operative pain can usually be managed effectively with prescribed pain medications. Our team is committed to ensuring your comfort throughout the process.

The timeline for dental implant placement after bone grafting or a sinus lift depends on the individual’s healing process and the extent of bone growth achieved. It can range from a few months to over six months. Dr. Tan will conduct follow-up assessments to determine the optimal time for implant placement.

Bone grafting and sinus lifts have high success rates when performed by experienced dental professionals like Dr. Tan. Success depends on various factors, including the patient’s overall health, the quality of the bone graft material, and adherence to post-operative care instructions. Following Dr. Tan’s recommendations for care and maintenance can significantly contribute to the success of the procedure.

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Your Path to Dental Implant Readiness

The process begins with a thorough evaluation of your oral health and jawbone condition. Dr. Tan will discuss your treatment options and explain the benefits and steps involved in bone grafting or sinus lift surgery. Following surgery, we’ll guide you through the recovery process, ensuring your jawbone heals properly and is ready for implant placement.

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    If you’ve been considering dental implants but have concerns about bone density or volume, contact Village Dental Care to learn how bone grafting and sinus lifts can help you achieve your dental health goals.