Preparing You for Implant Placement
Dental implants are an effective and permanent solution to tooth loss. However, some patients may be deemed ineligible for implants. In the past, patients who suffer from conditions such as gum disease or insufficient jawbone density couldn’t qualify for the implant procedure.
At Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we want all patients to have the chance to receive implants. That’s why Dr. Chaudhry is proud to offer supplemental procedures to help improve patients’ candidacy for implants.
When Are Supplemental Procedures Necessary?
In some cases, patients need to address underlying oral health issues before they can receive dental implants. In particular, insufficient bone density and gum recession are two conditions that greatly reduce the success rate of implants.
- Insufficient Bone Density: Dental implants are secured directly into the jawbone, so a patient’s jawbone must have the proper density to support the implants.
- Gum Disease: This condition can lead to several oral health problems that could result in a failed implant treatment, such as gum recession and infection.
Supplemental Procedures for Dental Implants
For patients with insufficient jawbone density, bone grafting can help regenerate lost bone mass. During this procedure, Dr. Chaudhry will attach a small piece of tissue to the area of your jawbone where the implant will be placed. This process takes advantage of your jawbone’s ability to heal itself naturally, as the donor tissue will fuse with your jaw to rehabilitate it to full strength.
The healing period for this procedure typically lasts several months, though it depends on a patient’s oral health. Dr. Chaudhry will provide you with a more accurate recovery time once he finishes the procedure. After you’ve healed, Dr. Chaudhry will determine if you’re a candidate for implants.
Soft Tissue Augmentation
Soft tissue augmentation is similar to bone grafting and works to address the issue of gum recession. For this procedure, the gum tissue is grafted to the receded areas of your gums. The new tissue integrates seamlessly with your remaining tissue, restoring health and vitality to your smile.
Gum recession typically occurs as a result of gum disease, a serious oral health condition that disqualifies many patients from receiving implants. It’s best to seek treatment for any underlying oral health issues before attempting to receive dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I receive dental implants without undergoing a supplemental procedure?
If you lack sufficient jawbone density or healthy gums, it’s unlikely that Dr. Chaudhry will approve you for dental implants. Without a supplemental procedure to correct these issues, you face a significantly higher risk of implant failure, infection, and possibly even tooth loss. Supplemental procedures are safe, effective treatments that can help boost your implant candidacy and support your oral health.
Will insurance cover a supplemental procedure?
We suggest contacting your dental insurance provider beforehand to learn what your plan will cover. For your convenience, a knowledgeable member of our team can contact them for you to ensure you receive the maximum benefits possible.
You can also visit our financing page to learn more about your payment options and discover if CareCredit can help provide financial assistance. This third-party financing company is designed to help patients cover their treatment costs and offer them plans that fit their budgets. Applying online is quick and easy, and you may qualify for assistance regardless of your insurance status.
Is getting a bone graft painful?
Before beginning a bone graft, Dr. Chaudhry will administer a local anesthetic or sedation to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. He’ll discuss your preference with you at your initial consultation.
You may experience mild discomfort once the numbness fades, but this can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications. However, if the pain persists after a few days, call our Bethlehem or Stroudsburg office at (484) 821-1357 immediately. Dr. Chaudhry will assess your situation and relieve you of any painful symptoms.
Schedule Your Preliminary Procedure
Don’t let underlying oral health problems stop you from receiving dental implants. Supplemental procedures may be able to help improve your candidacy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaudhry, call our Bethlehem or Stroudsburg office at (484) 821-1357. You can also fill out a contact form and a team member will be with you shortly.