Expert Care from Idaho’s Top Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons
In areas where teeth have been lost, the bone naturally shrinks and reabsorbs over time. There can be bone loss around an existing tooth due to infection, fracture, gum disease, or trauma. Grafting the site may be necessary prior to implant placement in cases of severe bone loss, bone grafting can often be done at the same time as implant placement. There are many developed bone grafting techniques and materials available, including minimally invasive treatment options. Some types of bone grafting may require a 4-6 month healing period. Dr. Cullum will recommend the best technique and materials based on your specific needs.
Sinus Floor Elevation
After tooth loss in the upper jaw, the sinus remodels lower which reduces the height of available bone for implant placement. Bone height between the sinus and gums can vary significantly from patient to patient, depending on many factors, including the length of time since tooth loss. Elevation of the sinus floor with grafting can allow for implant placement. Many minimally invasive treatment options allow for the implant to be placed at the same time as the sinus elevation to reduce the healing period and minimize discomfort.
Ridge Expansion is a minimally invasive technique used to restore bone loss when the ridge gets too thin to place implants. Ridge Expansion stimulates healing from within the bone cavity, allowing for the possibility of simultaneous implant placement in the same surgery.
Steps for Treatment
How to Get the Best Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery in Idaho
- Step 1: Schedule Your Appointment
If you need an oral or maxillofacial surgeon, or you notice any alarming symptoms, give us a call right away. We will be happy to set up a consultation and are ready to answer any questions you might have.
- Step 2: Get an In-Depth Consultation
At your initial appointment, we will go over your concerns and assess the situation. We may decide to take x-rays or perform other diagnostic procedures. Then we will walk you through your options to determine the one that is right for you.
- Step 3: Prepare for Your Surgery
Once you arrive for your procedure, we will walk you through everything you need to know so you know what to expect during and after the procedure. While many oral procedures are quick and require minimal downtime, some may require general anesthesia, so you may wish to have someone to drive you home.
- Step 4: Your Procedure
Once all your questions have been answered and you have the information you need to move forward, we will begin your procedure. We offer a wide range of sedation techniques, including nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and dental IV sedation for your comfort.
- Step 5: Receive Post-Care Instructions
After your procedure, our highly-trained staff will lead you to our comfortable recovery area and give you detailed instructions on how to care for your incisions to protect against infection and encourage fast healing. We will also generally schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure you are healing correctly.
How Much Do Our Procedures Cost?
We are committed to ensuring that our patients have access to the best care possible. That is why we work with all major insurance companies and provide generous and affordable payment plans. If you are in pain due to a dental issue and don’t have insurance, don’t delay care due to cost. Give us a call to find out how we can help.
The Implants Northwest Difference
At Implants Northwest, we are committed to providing world-class service you won’t find anywhere else. Dr. Daniel Cullum is an expert in his field and has been an international speaker, contributed to several textbooks, and been a visiting lecturer at several universities. He works with leading anesthesiologist Dr. Montandon to ensure patient safety and comfort during the most complex procedures.
Countless Healthy, Happy Patients
We offer transformative oral-maxillofacial surgeries that help our clients gain a new sense of comfort and function. Here’s what your neighbors in Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint to say about Implants Northwest.