Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier offer oral surgery in Towson, MD to help patients improve their dental health. They ensure that patients feel comfortable during their procedures and even offer dental sedation for relaxing and painless care.
Sinus augmentation and bone grafting are treatments that patients typically require before restorative dental procedures. These treatments ensure that patients have enough bone tissue to support implants, dental bridges, and dentures. Our experienced dentists will help coordinate your care for optimal results.
Your dentist will use a procedure called a sinus lift to strengthen the bone tissue in the upper jaw area. By adding bone to the upper jaw, patients can receive one or more dental implants. Dental implants need a good amount of bone to help keep them secure in the jaw. Poor bone density may result in implant failure.
The procedure involves making a small incision in another area of the mouth. Here we will remove a small portion of the bone tissue. During sinus augmentation treatment, we “lift” the area in the back of the mouth, exposing the bone beneath the gums. Next, we add the grafted tissue to the existing bone. To complete the “lift”, we close off the area with sutures. The sinus lift procedure ensures that your implants are properly supported for the best treatment outcome. It creates more space for the implants to merge with the jawbone.
We also use bone grafting before dental implant treatment. If you are receiving dental bridges or dentures that are supported by implants, you may need grafting treatment. In most cases, we will use it after a tooth extraction. Your dentist will fill the now empty socket with bone or a bone substitute. This is known as a tooth socket graft.
The first step to bone grafting treatment is making an incision in the gums. We take bone from the jaw or the upper palate and place the tissue onto the area which needs it. We then close the gum incision with sutures. For the best results, we will leave the bone to heal for about four months.
Recovering from Oral Surgery
After surgery, you will feel sore and numb. We suggest using an ice pack for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling. Do not spit or rinse your mouth out after your surgery because this may make bleeding last longer. We will give you specific instructions on wound care after your procedure. Most people will recover in a few days. However, each patient will react differently to the surgery. After a one to two days, you can return to normal activity. However, we suggest refraining from physical activity for about two weeks after your surgery. If you experience a high level of pain or excess bleeding, please call our office as soon as possible.
Request an Oral Surgery Consultation
Do you need a dental restoration? Do you require bone grafting services? Call Dr. Boenning and Dr. Dancykier at 410.324.2294 for comfortable care in Towson, MD. Be sure to schedule an appointment online. Feel free to ask our dentists about any questions you may have about your specific treatment. They will be happy to assist you.