Implants can be used to replace all of your teeth, not just the ones readily visible in your smile. Of course, your molars and premolars are important and without them, you are unable to properly chew your food to get it ready to digest. If you are missing molars or premolars and are replacing them with dental implants, our dentists may suggest a process called nerve repositioning. This treatment is usually used for work being done on the lower jaw.
During the process, the dentist will move the inferior alveolar nerve to avoid damaging it when the implant is placed. During surgery, the nerve will be exposed and moved, and the implant will be placed. Then, the nerve bundle will be placed over the implant and surrounded with bone grafting material. After your treatment, you may experience some numbness in your lower jaw and lip and you should rest for a full day after your surgery. We also suggest limiting your physical activity for approximately one week.
Nerve repositioning is a very aggressive treatment and our dentists will consider all other options before moving ahead with this procedure. If you are replacing your missing back teeth with dental implants and would like to learn more about nerve repositioning in Woodland Hills, California, Dr. Homayoun H. Zadeh, Dr. Ali Zadeh, Dr. Sara Tanavoli or Dr. Karen Wager will be happy to see you for a consultation and examination. Call Brighton Periodontal & Implant Dental Group at 818-703-7733 today to speak with a member of our team.