Sinus Lift Augmentation
Sinus Lift Augmentation For Oral Health And Dental Bone Grafting Effectiveness
Dental implants are becoming more advanced and efficient each year, serving as an exceptional option for tooth restoration. Unfortunately, some areas of the mouth offer inadequate space to place an implant or bone graft accurately. If a patient requires a molar or premolar tooth restoration on the upper back portion of the jaw, the sinuses can pose a significant problem when it comes to placement.
A sinus lift is a complicated procedure perfect for addressing the challenge of inadequate room. By adjusting the location of the sinuses, your dentist can stimulate new bone growth to stabilize a dental implant successfully, resulting in a newly restored, and fully functional smile.
What is the Purpose of a Sinus Lift?
When we initially refer to our sinuses, we often think of sinus headaches or the pounding pressure experienced under the eyes. But sinuses are located behind the cheeks and directly above the teeth in our upper jaw. Sinuses (also called maxillary sinuses) are empty spaces filled with air. In some patients, the roots of the upper teeth will extend into the sinus cavities, leaving little bone bordering between.
If the teeth in the upper jaw near the sinuses are lost or removed, there may only be a thin layer of jawbone available for your dental provider to work with. Dental implants require enough bone to fuse around the titanium screw to successfully hold. Bone grafts assist in creating new bone, but also need enough room for the new bone to expand- this is where the sinus lift comes in!
By surgically lifting the sinuses, adequate room is created in the upper jaw for a bone graft to be placed. The bone graft stimulates enough bone growth to hold the implant, resulting in an adequate space for a dental implant to be appropriately set.