Dental implants are a popular option for many patients who are considering tooth replacement solutions for their smile. This is because they provide long-term replacement with minimal care and attention. This investment in the smile is often the best for patients missing one or more teeth, and can be placed by a professional such as Dr. Leslie Sultan. However, if the patient is not a candidate for dental implants because of extensive bone loss or jaw trauma, jaw reconstruction may be necessary beforehand to prepare the area accordingly.
What is jaw reconstruction?
Jaw reconstruction is the rebuilding of the jaw through maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Leslie Sultan often works with patients who have experienced extensive bone loss due to lost teeth or periodontal disease. Bone resorption is common and causes patients to look older than they really are due to the shrunken bone in the upper and lower jaw. However, with proper jaw reconstruction and bone grafting, patients can restore their youthful appearance while preparing their smile for the placement of dental implants. It is often a smart investment, especially for patients who are interested in implant-supported dentures for full smile reconstruction.
Determining a need for jaw reconstruction
Who needs jaw reconstruction? Is there another option available for me? Is the procedure painful? When patients hear of jaw reconstruction, they often envision a painful or extensive surgical procedure that may cause great anxiety. However, our team will evaluate a patient to determine if it will help them meet their dental goals, and can provide alternatives if available. However, those who go forward with jaw reconstruction are often happy they did, and are able to prepare the smile for more advanced solutions such as dental implants.
Discuss jaw reconstruction and bone grafting with Dr. Leslie Sultan
Are you interested in dental implants but are not a candidate due to bone loss? Consider working with the team at the Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery to reconstruct the jaw and prepare the smile for dental implants. His practice is located at 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite #201 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and can be called to request an appointment at (954) 771-8772.