The placement of dental implants may, depending on the specific needs of the patient, involve several other related treatments or procedures. These procedures may be done to prepare for the actual placement of the implant(s), and also ensure that the entire procedure will turn out to be a complete success; dental implant related procedures may also be procedures that are done after placement to provide an entirely complete missing teeth solution.
There are cases when the dental implant treatment may need to be combined with other related procedures, so that the overall success of the whole procedure is ensured. Dental implant related treatments are necessary to achieve the overall success for a specific patient’s need for missing teeth solutions – so that bright smiles can be enjoyed once more, even after suffering previously from missing teeth problems.
Overdentures are types of dentures that are secured in place with dental implants. After the dental implants are placed onto the jaw bone, the overdentures are firmly anchored into place by being attached to the implant’s abutments. Overdentures provide missing teeth solutions that are firmly anchored into place, without the possibility of the prosthetic teeth moving uncomfortably inside the mouth – a problem that is often encountered when using regular dentures.
Bone grafting procedures are done to augment the bone structure of the area where a dental implant will be placed; these bone grafting procedures are usually done in cases when a patient does not have sufficient bone mass in a specified area, which is needed to provide a firm base where the dental implants will be placed. A sinus grafting procedure is done in cases when a patient does not have sufficient bone mass in the upper jaw area – making it extremely difficult to place dental implants successfully.
Nerve repositioning or nerve lateralisation is done in cases when a patient needs to have dental implants placed in the lower jaw, but the procedure may not be possible to do (because of bone deterioration in the area) without touching or damaging the inferior alveolar nerve – the nerve that provides feeling to the lower lip and chin areas. The inferior alveolar nerve will be moved or repositioned before the dental implant placement can proceed – so that the dental implants can be embedded without damaging or even touching the nerve; touching or damaging the inferior alveolar nerve can result to numbness or altered sensation on the lower lip or chin areas of the patient.
Soft tissue grafting or gum grafting is done to resolve issues of gum recession, which may be caused by gum (periodontal) disease. Gum tissue from the patient’s own palate will be used to augment the area where the soft tissue grafting is necessary; the soft tissue grafting procedure will be beneficial in the development of healthy gum tissue, which will in turn provide additional support for the placement of dental implants.