Prior to the implantation your implantologist Dr. Müller examines the quantity and quality of the jaw bone in the insertion area, because only a sufficient amount of bone leads to a secure ingrowth of the implant.
Teeth often get lost due to accidents, tooth decay or periodontitis which are accompanied by bone recession. Furthermore there is a loss of jaw bone after every tooth extraction. Because of this the required bone material for the implant is often not available.
Nowadays implantologists are able to reconstruct the missing bone by special augmentation methods. In light cases the bone material can be inserted during the surgery of the implantation which spares patients from a second surgery.
The extent and duration of augmentation are related to the individual patient's results of examination. With regard to the patient's case minmal or extensive surgical procedures have to be performed in order to build up an adequate implant bed. Dr. Müller, your specialist for implantations, gives you a detailed advice about the treatment steps.
Furthermore bone reconstruction is not only necessary for building up an adequate implant bed, but also for the improvement of your features after severe bone recession.
Regeneration of bone material takes more time than rebuilding soft tissues. In this case implantologists use special membranes to cover and protect the bone from soft tissue cells.
In this regard implantologists use substituting bone material form bovine bones or ones own bone which can support the build-up additionally. The natural processes of bone augmentation are promoted and the substituting bone material is removed during natural processes of degradation.
If an implantation in the lateral tooth area of the upper jaw (maxilla) is planned, where your implantologist has detected an insufficient amount of jaw bone, it is possible to gain more bone volume by decreasing the adjacent sinus cavity. This method is called maxillary sinus lift.
During surgery your implantologist Dr. Müller loosens the mucuous membrane from its base and pushes it carefully to the top.
The tent-shaped cavity is then filled with a bone substitute and stabilized. Covered with a membrane stable bone grows in during a few months. Later on the bone will offer the implant a strong and secure hold in this insertion area.