Surgical Preparation

Dr. Randal Swanlund strives to provide outstanding dental care by offering a number of oral procedures to prepare patients for dental implant restoration surgery. At his office in University Place, serving Tacoma, Puyallup, Seattle, and all of Washington, Dr. Swanlund performs tooth extraction, bone grafting, sinus lift, and nerve repositioning. He also practices oral pathology to identify and treat various types of mouth disease. A proponent of periodontal health, Dr. Swanlund combines the precision of technology with the beauty of nature to achieve remarkable results.


Bone Grafting

After losing teeth due to injury or disease, many people experience significant bone loss near the affected area. Because the body sometimes reabsorbs the section of jawbone that is not being used, patients may be left with inadequate bone structure for dental implant restoration surgery. At his University Place practice serving Tacoma, Puyallup, Seattle, and surrounding areas, Dr. Swanlund is able to rebuild the patient's jaw using human bone, creating a natural, secure foundation for each dental implant.


Bone grafting is necessary when dental implant restoration is performed as an extraction-to-implant procedure. For these treatments, placing a bone graft around the dental implant provides the structural support that allows the patient's jaw to heal properly. Major bone grafting surgeries can be performed to correct serious jaw problems, which may have resulted from traumatic injury, tumor removal, or birth defects. Dr. Swanlund will assess your individual surgical needs and create a custom treatment plan for your dental implant restoration. Contact South Sound Dental Implant Centre today to schedule a consultation.


Sinus Lift

A sinus lift, or a closed sinus elevation, is a procedure used to increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw before dental implant restoration surgery. Often, the roots of a person's teeth extend into the maxillary sinuses, which are located above the upper teeth. When a tooth is removed, sometimes only a thin base of bone remains between the sinus and the mouth. Since implants must be anchored firmly into the patient's jaw, a lack of sufficient bone structure can make dental implant surgery problematic.

During the sinus lift procedure, Dr. Swanlund enters the sinuses at the point where the tooth has been removed and "lifts" the sinus membrane to create room for the implant to be positioned at the roof of the upper jaw (i.e., the base of the sinuses). Dr. Swanlund then uses a system of nonsurgical drills that, by increasing in diameter, are able to lift and expand the bone to make room for a small, specially designed dental implant. Advances in dental implant technology allow doctors to place these shorter implants with the same success as their longer conventional counterparts.


Patients must wait several months for the dental implant to heal before the replacement tooth or teeth can be placed. Dr. Swanlund will work with you to determine the best method for dental implant restoration depending on your personal needs. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.



Dr. Swanlund is concerned with his patients' overall health. Through oral pathology, he is able to assess a person's general as well as dental health by observing the tissues and membranes inside the mouth for indications of serious diseases. Discolored tissue (typically, red and white splotches), persistent sore throat, difficulty chewing and swallowing, and lumps inside the mouth are all warning signs that should be taken seriously. Dr. Swanlund can examine changes in the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, and mouth to diagnose and treat oral diseases, including cancer. If you have noticed suspicious symptoms, contact Dr. Swanlund today to schedule an appointment.


Contact Our Office to Learn More about Oral Surgery

South Sound Dental Implant Centre strives to provide complete care for all of our patients' oral surgery needs. From bone grafting, we take pride in offering safe, effective surgery to prepare our patients for dental implant restoration. Serving patients in University Place, Tacoma, Puyallup, Seattle, and beyond, we offer the most advanced treatments for functional dental implants that are inspired by nature. If you are considering dental implants to replace missing or severely damaged teeth, contact Dr. Randal Swanlund today to schedule a consultation.