After the loss of a tooth, the bone collapses, creating a challenge to the dental surgeon placing a dental implant where the tooth was. Our top back teeth can also sit under a low floor of the maxillary sinus. Both scenarios compromise the site for implant placement.
To ensure your tooth replacement is healthy and has a great long-term prognosis, we begin with the need to graft or add bone to specific areas where the dental implant will be. The first step to preventing expensive surgeries that require months to heal is the placement of a ‘socket preservation’ graft at the time of tooth removal. This greatly decreases the amount and rate of bone collapse at the future implant site.
Once you are ready to replace your missing tooth, we will conduct a ‘CBCT’ which is a type of 3-dimensional X-ray. This image will allow us to visualize the site and make sure we have ideal support for a dental implant and check for risk factors and anatomy required to know.