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If You Have Been Told You Are Not A Candidate For Dental Implants:

SEE DR. BANKS!

Often, patients are told that they are not candidates for dental implants because they “don’t have enough bone” or their “sinus is too low.” Both conditions are correctable problems in almost all patients, according to Dr. Banks. When the gum ridge where teeth are missing is too thin to place a dental implant, bone grafting can be performed to correct the problem. What that means is that a bone replacement product, or even the patient’s own bone, can be placed into the deficient area, stabilized, and allowed to heal. Following healing, dental implants can be placed into that area and then restored with porcelain teeth. This procedure is called “ridge augmentation” and can be accomplished in both the top and bottom jaws. When teeth are missing, the sinus that lies above the top jaw will expand downward into the ridge and cause bone loss in the gum ridge. This is a correctable problem as well, according to Dr. Banks. “A Sub-Antral Sinus Augmentation – commonly called a ‘Sinus Lift Procedure’ – can be performed, sometimes even at the time of implant placement. This procedure increases the amount of bone in the area where we would like to place a dental implant. Again, a bone replacement product or even the patient’s own bone can be used.” A common misconception is that the bone is placed into the sinus. In reality, the sinus membrane is actually lifted up (hence to name “sinus lift”) back to where it should be, and the bone graft material is placed under the sinus membrane, restoring the gum ridge and the sinus contour together in one procedure. Dr. Banks incorporates state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures, such as 3D cone beam CT scanning of the face and jaws, to evaluate her patients for bone grafting procedures. “That way, I can accurately diagnose the magnitude of the bone loss in the area where we would like to place implants and the quality of the patient’s bone ridge in that area, and pre-plan the surgery to ensure the best possible outcome.” She also prepares and uses advanced biologic materials into grafting procedures such as L-PRF (Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin) which are made right in the office at the time of surgery. And finally, there is a preconceived notion that these procedures are painful procedures. “There are multiple anesthesia options for the surgical part of the bone grafting process,” she says. “We offer intravenous general anesthesia and sedation, nitrous oxide and local anesthesia” so that all her patients can be treated comfortably. “Of course, I’m making it sound easy but these procedures are technically demanding and take years of practice to gain the proper expertise. You only want your bone grafting procedures performed by a well-trained, ABOMS-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.”

For more information, call 609-488-2325 or visit www.drbanksoms.com

Kathy A. Banks, DMD Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Your Expert in the Face, Mouth and Jaws 249 S. Main Street Barnegat , NJ Specialty Lic #4070

609-488-2325 www.drbanksoms.com

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November/December 2017

Ocean County Woman - November/December 2017  

The County Woman ™ is part of a nationally syndicated publication and has been around for over 31 years. There are over 371 other counties t...

Ocean County Woman - November/December 2017  

The County Woman ™ is part of a nationally syndicated publication and has been around for over 31 years. There are over 371 other counties t...