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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to recover from a dental bone graft?
Generally, the recovery time for a dental bone graft can be anywhere from two weeks to over two months. If you’re receiving a graft before undergoing dental implant surgery, then Dr. Conness will have to wait until the bone has successfully fused with your jawbone.
Since this usually takes a few months, Dr. Conness will provide you with a temporary tooth replacement so you don’t have to live toothless any longer.
Can you still have dental implants with gum disease?
In order to be a viable patient for dental implants. you’ll need to have a healthy mouth – this includes your teeth, gums, and bone. If you have gum disease, Dr. Conness will have to perform treatment so you can receive dental implants.
We offer gum grafting, laser treatment, and crown lengthening surgery to our patients who suffer from severe periodontal disease. This will allow you to receive dental implants once your gums are healthy and have fully healed.
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.