A Personalized Treatment for Every Patient
Dental implants are a remarkable solution because they function and look like natural teeth. Unlike dental bridges, they also don’t require you to file down or damage healthy adjacent teeth. This makes dental implants a highly attractive option for anybody seeking to replace missing or damaged teeth.
Since implants use your jawbone to anchor in place, an ideal candidate should have strong bone density and healthy gums. If you’ve been missing one or more teeth for a long period of time, the more narrow the jaw ridge likely is.
In these cases, it’s common to have to undergo supplemental treatments in order to restore the health of your jawbone and/or gums. Supplemental procedures offer a viable path toward implant treatment and enhance the success of your dental implants placed by Dr. Henninger.
Strengthen Your Jawbone
Your jaw performs several vital functions and one of these is to anchor our teeth in place. The jaw also gets its stimulation from our teeth for chewing and speaking.
When a tooth falls out, is extracted, or simply never grows in, and it’s not replaced by an implant, there’s no longer something there to stimulate the jaw. As a result, the tissue begins to disappear and the jaw’s ridge starts to weaken and change shape.
Without sufficient bone density, an implant can’t be secured. If this is the case, a bone graft can help restore tissue density to the affected area of the jaw and make the placement of a dental implant possible.
The Bone Graft Procedure
We use the i-CAT technology, which takes a 3D digital impression of your oral anatomy, down to the density, volume, and dimensions of the jaw. This technology allows us to plan your treatment with more precision, accuracy, and overall success. By finding the most optimal location for the implant, we also try to minimize the need for bone grafting altogether.
That being said, sometimes grafting may be necessary.
A bone graft is a procedure in which bone tissue is applied, or grafted, to the area of the jaw that needs strengthening. As it heals, this new tissue will regenerate and strengthen your jawbone as it reinforces and replaces grafted tissue with bone generated by your body.
A restored jaw improves your candidacy for dental implant treatment. It also helps preserve your facial structure and enhances a more youthful appearance. Areas of the jawline where your bone is weak are prone to suffering from premature wrinkling of the skin and can take on a “sunken” look, so a bone graft can help avoid these issues and even reverse them.
Gum Disease Treatment
If your gums become damaged or weak from periodontal disease, we can offer you treatment to help restore your oral health and allow you to receive dental implants. We provide a variety of gum disease treatments depending on how severe your condition is.
During your initial consultation, this is when Dr. Henninger will be able to determine which gum disease treatment you’ll need prior to receiving dental implants. We offer safe, non-invasive treatments to remove bacteria from your gum line that’s causing infection.
We offer scaling and root planing procedures for those with mild to moderate gum disease, or we may perform laser therapy to help more severe cases of the disease. Both methods are done efficiently and with little to no pain here at our office. As long as you continue to maintain healthy gums with proper oral hygiene, you’ll be able to receive dental implants as well.
IV Sedation Certified Restorative Dentist
Dr. Henninger is one of only 5% of restorative dentists certified in IV sedation. IV sedation is safe, effective, and fast-acting, helping you get the dental care you need without fear, anxiety, or discomfort. Using IV sedation helps you stay calm in preparation for your procedure and help reduce pain during and after your treatment.
Furthermore, this type of sedation is an excellent option during complicated procedures because it allows us to get more done in the same day. This means fewer visits to the dentist and faster, long-lasting results.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have gum disease, can I get dental implants?
If you currently have gum disease or have suffered from the infection in the past, you are still a good candidate for dental implants. For patients who currently have the disease, you can receive treatment that will restore your gum health and allow you to get implants. Here at our San Diego county dental office, we offer scaling and root planing treatment or laser therapy with LANAP that will help remove any infection in your gums.
I have a weak jawbone, can I still get dental implants?
Yes, if you’ve suffered from bone loss because you’re missing teeth, we offer bone grafting to help regenerate your jawbone so you can receive dental implants. The bone grafting procedure helps improve your functionality to eat and speak with ease, plus it enhances your appearance which makes you look a lot younger than before. The procedure is safe and efficiently done by our dentist, so you’ll be able to receive implants in no time.
Do you offer sedation for dental implant treatment and supplemental procedures?
Yes! We offer IV sedation for our dental implant and supplemental procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Henninger can explain to you how the sedation process works and offer alternatives based on your individual needs. IV sedation is safe and works fast, so it’s oftentimes a more preferred sedative for our patients.
Why are supplemental procedures necessary for implants?
Supplemental procedures are typically a crucial factor in being able to receive dental implants. Due to the effects of permanent tooth loss, many patients suffer from bone loss or other oral health issues that can prevent them from being a good candidate for this tooth replacement procedure. Our supplemental procedures allow them to restore their health and offer a better chance to have a successful dental implant treatment.