Dental implants have become a popular solution to the problem of missing teeth. They are sturdy and secure tooth replacements that look like natural teeth and last a lifetime with the proper care. For dental implants to be successful, there must be an adequate amount of bone in which to secure the titanium implant. Oftentimes, there may not be enough bone in the jaw as a result of periodontal disease, resorption due to tooth loss, or simply because of the anatomy of the skull. In cases of inadequate bone in the upper jaw, also known as the upper maxilla, a sinus lift or augmentation may be necessary in order to guarantee the optimal outcome from dental implant surgery.
Process of a Sinus Lift
A sinus lift or augmentation is a surgical procedure which involves cutting an opening in the upper maxilla, separating the membrane from the floor of the maxillary sinus above the upper jaw, lifting the sinus membrane up, and inserting bone grafting material into the open space. Once the procedure is completed, the opening in the jawbone is closed, the tissue covering the jawbone is stitched back, and the healing will begin.
A sinus augmentation will need to heal for four to nine months. During that time, the bone grafting material will integrate with the jawbone and provide the bone height and suitable foundation for the placement of a dental implant. It is important to consult with an experienced oral surgeon or periodontist when it comes to dental implants, bone grafting and sinus lifts. Proper treatment planning will ensure the success of your implants. Failing to identify the need for a sinus lift/augmentation and bone grafting will likely result in a failed dental implant.
At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we have been successfully performing sinus lifts and bone grafts for years. Visit texasoralsurgery.com for more information about our practice, board-certified oral surgeons, convenient locations, and procedures. It is our goal to provide the best oral surgical care in a safe and compassionate environment.