An implant is secured in place by the fixture, a prosthetic root that provides a durable foundation for a natural-looking porcelain replacement tooth. Because the implant fixture is biocompatible, the bones in your jaw will develop a firm attachment to it. The dental implant fuses with the jaw, creating a strong foundation.
Many patients can have their implants placed right away, but some may require a supplemental procedure before the procedure. These procedures are used to prepare the teeth, gums, and jawbone for implant placement to ensure quality results.
Are You a Candidate?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Carley will examine your oral health to make sure that you’re a proper candidate for dental implants. Patients who suffer from tooth loss, gum disease, or have worn long-term dentures typically don’t have enough bone density to support an implant.
In these cases, we offer a variety of supplemental treatments to provide a strong foundation for your implants and restore your damaged jawbone. We want your new implants to last a lifetime, which requires strong, healthy gums to firmly secure them in place.
Our Supplemental Procedures
Here at our Santa Barbara practice, we offer three different procedures to prepare you for your dental implant procedure:
When teeth are missing from the upper jaw, bone loss occurs and typically enlarges the sinus. This makes it more difficult for dental implants to be placed. Sinus augmentation, or a sinus lift, adds bone to the upper jaw where your molars are and in between your maxillary sinuses.
During this process, we’ll add a bone graft to the sinus area, which improves bone density and allows Dr. Carley to successfully place your implant. There can be a variety of reasons a sinus lift is needed, such as:
- Not enough bone density for support
- Missing back teeth or molars
- Bone deterioration caused by gum disease
- Maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw
It’s common to have malformations in the upper or lower jaw if you’ve worn dentures for a long time, have gum disease, or have experienced a dental trauma. These deformities can leave you with insufficient bone and alter your appearance, as it creates an indentation in the jawline.
To correct this problem and prepare you for your implants, Dr. Carley can lift your gums with a ridge modification and fill in the affected area with a bone graft. The new graft is designed to rebuild the ridge and regenerate any lost bone and tissue for better stability.
Depending on your unique case, we may be able to place your dental implants the same day as your ridge modification. Dr. Carley can determine if that’s the best option for you during your initial consultation.
Laser Gum Treatment
To have a successful implant procedure, you’ll need to have healthy gums that can properly support them. Our Santa Barbara practice uses advanced laser dentistry for gum disease treatments and to offer our patients with a more comfortable, convenient procedure.
Using a dental laser provides our patients with a range of benefits, such as:
- A non-invasive procedure
- Shorter time in the dental chair
- Precise, more accurate procedures
- Quicker recovery time
- Long-lasting, effective results
Once your gum health is improved and we’ve placed your implants, your risk for oral infection and disease is significantly reduced. Dental implants will help protect your mouth from any unwanted bacteria and possible complications.
Visit Dr. Carley to Restore Your Oral Health
If you’re seeking to restore any missing teeth, give us a call at (805) 319-4958 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Carley and discover if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
After we examine the condition of your mouth, Dr. Carley may recommend one of our supplemental procedures to better prepare you for implant placement. With a full range of procedure options, you no longer have to wait to restore your beautiful smile.