Preparing for Dental Implants
Here at our Ottawa office, we want all our patients to have the opportunity to receive dental implants that offer life-long benefits for their oral health. Sometimes, patients might not be able to receive dental implants right away and will need to undergo a supplemental treatment to prepare their mouth for optimal success.
We can help restore your ability to receive dental implants with one of our preliminary procedures. Explore your options and see which one you might need.
If you’re hoping to get dental implants but lack jawbone mass due to wearing dentures or living toothless for an extended period of time, there’s still hope for you. Bone grafting helps patients regenerate lost bone in order to provide enough support for their implants.
Once Dr. Conness confirms you need to undergo a bone grafting procedure, he’ll first provide you with dental sedation to help you achieve a greater state of relaxation. Then, he’ll make a small incision in your gums so he can place a small piece of bone tissue from another part of your body and attach it to your jawbone.
The grafting material will help supplement the density of your jawbone, creating new bone in the process that will offer a solid, sturdy base to support your dental implants. The healing period after a bone grafting procedure can take up to several months, but each patient is unique and Dr. Conness will be able to determine a more accurate time frame once he completes the surgery.
Treatment for Gum Disease
If you have unhealthy gums that are infected with periodontal disease, it’s crucial that you get treated before investing in dental implants. Dr. Conness can evaluate the health of your gums at your consultation and determine if you’ll need a supplemental gum disease treatment.
We offer different procedures that will prepare you for dental implants, including:
- Gum Grafting: Sometimes we’ll need to replace areas of lost gum tissue with healthy tissue that we’ll take from another area of your mouth, so your new implants can be held in properly.
- Laser Treatment: Using a non-invasive laser, we can remove any infection in your gums without damaging your existing tissue, while also encouraging bone growth.
- Crown Lengthening Surgery: This surgical procedure recontours your gum tissue to help expose more of your bone or tooth’s surface so it can support a crown.
Schedule Your Preliminary Procedure
If you’ve finished up your dental implant consultation with Dr. Conness and he recommends you need one of our supplemental procedures, then you should schedule your appointment today. The sooner you begin preparing your mouth for dental implants, the quicker you’ll be able to leave our office with a new smile and even more confidence.