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Some patients have a condition where they require a bone graft in order to have a dental implant treatment. A bone graft allows Dr. Mark Leopold, Dr. Nicholas Murphy, Dr. Craig Main, and Dr. Ian Leopold to take bone from one part of the patient’s body and replace dental bone that has been lost.
At times, we may recommend that patients who need bone graft procedures prior to dental implants receive a sinus lift in San Luis Obispo, CA as part of their treatment. Typically, these are patients whose upper molar or premolar areas cannot support dental implants without repositioning the sinus floor.
During a sinus lift, the patient is given a local anesthetic. We will then begin one of two methods to either surgically “lift” the sinus so that it is in a better place and enables the opportunity for a space to add a bone graft, or to graft bone directly to the sinus floor (in which case the sinus is not “lifted”, per se, but does lift as the bone grows). Over time, the bone that is grafted will begin to fill in the space and eventually be able to support a dental implant.
Patients who undergo sinus lifts are required to wait up to nine months for dental implant placement. This delay gives their bodies time to heal from the surgery, as well as for the bone to fill in. Some people who have a sinus lift may be able to receive dental implants as soon as four months after the surgery. However, this varies on a case by case basis.
Talk with Dr. Mark Leopold, Dr. Nicholas Murphy, Dr. Craig Main, and Dr. Ian Leopold about the possibility of a bone graft, dental implants, or a sinus lift in San Luis Obispo, CA. Call today to schedule your appointment with one of our experts.
Whether you need dental implants, gum recession treatment, or any other oral health procedure, we promise to provide you with exceptional care
as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. We enjoy serving our
patients from San Luis Obispo, CA. If you have
any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.
Leopold, Murphy and Main, D.D.S.
Dentist - San Luis Obispo
878 Walnut St
San Luis Obispo, CA
New Patients: (805) 225-9079
Current Patients: (805) 541-0550