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Dental Implant Surgery
Bone Grafting in Binghamton, Vestal, and Johnson City, NY
Dental implant surgery is a safe, painless procedure that helps improve the function and aesthetics of your teeth with the end result being natural-looking dental implants.
The thought of dental implant surgery may be overwhelming, however you can proceed with dental implants with confidence by working with a skilled dental implant specialist at Dental Solutions of Binghamton. Dr. Ronald Sambursky and Dr. Fritz Zietsman are both prosthodontists. As the most highly trained restorative dentists in the country, prosthodontists attain years of additional education beyond that required of a general dentist.
In addition our team works closely with you beforehand, so that you will know what to expect before and after surgery, allowing for better preparation and lower stress for your recovery.
Prep Work Before Surgery
Because dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, you must have a thorough evaluation to prepare for the process.
- Comprehensive dental exam – dental X-rays, 3D images, and models made of your teeth and jaw.
- Review your medical history – Provide our team with any medical conditions and medications you take, including prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. If you have certain heart conditions or orthopedic implants, our prosthodontists may prescribe antibiotics before surgery to help prevent infection.
- A tailored treatment plan – This plan considers factors such as how many teeth may need to be replaced and the condition of your jawbone and remaining teeth.
When bone grafting is required
If your jawbone is not thick enough or too soft, bone grafting may be needed before you can have dental implant surgery. The powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts tremendous pressure on your bone, and if it cannot support the implant, the surgery likely would fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.
Several bone graft materials can be used to rebuild a jawbone, including a natural bone graft from another location in your body or a synthetic bone graft, such as bone-substitute material that can support new bone growth structures. In some cases, you may need only minor bone grafting, which can be done simultaneously with implant surgery. The condition of your jawbone determines how you proceed.
Will you need a Sinus Elevation? What is Sinus Elevation?
Those who have suffered significant bone loss can still get the support they need by having a Sinus Elevation. A Sinus Elevation is a procedure that makes it easier to place dental implants. The process increases the amount of bone in the upper jaw that is required for dental implants. Sinus Elevation is one of the most common bone grafting procedures for dental implant patients.
The use of Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains two elements: plasma and platelets. Platelets are known for their clotting properties. In addition, they can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration for improved healing. Simply put, PRP contains more platelets than normal.
To create platelet-rich plasma, we take a blood sample from the patient. The sample is then rapidly spun in a centrifuge, separating out the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma. After creating PRP from a patient’s blood sample, it is injected into the target area to assist and accelerate the healing process.
After Surgery Care
If you plan to undergo dental implant surgery, set aside a few days for recovery. Bleeding, swelling, and minor pain are the biggest concerns, but these are easy to keep under control with gauze pads and medication.