Identifying The Need For A Sinus Lift When Preparing for Dental Implants

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All together for dental inserts to be effective and enduring, it is basically there be quality and enough amount of jawbone to which the embed will be appended. In the event that bone misfortune has happened because of periodontal infection or damage, a sinus enlargement can be performed to raise the sinus floor and take into account new bone development.

One of the most common bone grafting procedures for those with bone loss in the upper jaw is a Sinus Lift. The intended outcome of the procedure is to grow bone in the floor of the maxillary sinus just above the bony ridge of the gum line that anchors the teeth in the upper jaw. Dental implants can then be placed and secured into this new bone growth.

Identifying The Need For A Sinus Lift
A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed. There are several reasons for this.
1 Many people who have lost teeth in their upper jaw, particularly the back teeth, or molars, do not have enough bone for implants to be placed.
2 The bone may have been lost because of periodontal disease.
3 Tooth loss may have led to a loss of bone as well. Once teeth are gone, bone begins to be resorbed. If teeth have been missing for a long time, there often is not enough bone left to place implants.
4 The maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw for implants to be placed.
5 The shape and the size of this sinus vary from person to person. The sinus also can get larger as you age.

Sinus Augmentation Procedure
Typically a small incision is made on the molar or premolar region to expose the jawbone. Next, a small opening is cut into the bone allowing the surgeon to push the membrane lining and the sinus upward and space is then filled with bone grafting material. The incision is closed with stitches and the healing process begins. Over the next several months of healing, the bone grafting material becomes part of the jaw and dental implants can then be placed in this new sinus bone.

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Many patients have experienced an improved quality of life after replacing missing teeth with dental implants. If you have suffered tooth loss, we can assess your needs and recommend the treatment or combination of treatments necessary to make you a candidate for dental implants. Please contact Prestige Oral Surgery at 732-297-7000.