Unfortunately for some patients, receiving a dental implant requires a few more steps and procedures with their local Midwood oral surgeon, Dr. Hertz. In order to create a stable and secure foundation for the tooth replacement, dental implants need to be anchored into healthy and substantial bone. It is common that when teeth are removed or are missing for an extended period of time, the patient will experience some bone loss around the site. This bone is a barrier between the mouth and the maxillary sinuses. When the sinus wall is very thin, Dr. Hertz will advise that you receive a sinus lift before attempting to place a dental implant in this bone.
During a sinus lift, our Midwood oral surgeon, Dr. Hertz will enter the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be. The sinus membrane is lifted upward and donor bone is inserted to reinforce the area where bone loss has been sustained. Following a sinus lift procedure with our Midwood oral surgeon, you’ll require several months of healing before Dr. Hertz inserts the dental implant. The placement of your dental implants may involve two surgical procedures after a sinus lift. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following the dental implant placement, the implant will gradually bond with the jawbone, stabilizing the dental implant in place. The second phase of dental implant surgery will uncover the implant and attach a small post, which will secure the artificial teeth. These posts will protrude through the gums and will not be seen once your dentist places your tooth restoration.
If you are considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, be sure to have a consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon in Brooklyn.