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Sinus Augmentation or Sinus Lift: For Strong Implantology 

The quality of your jawbone plays a key role in determining the fate of dental implants. A strong foundation is needed for successful implantology. If you have lost bone in any area due to several reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without sufficient bone to fix the implant. The upper jaw has been one of the most difficult areas to place dental implants due to inadequate bone quantity and proximity to the sinus.

Shelby Township Family Dentist offers a comprehensive approach through a sinus augmentation procedure to strengthen the jawbone and facilitate easy implant placement.

What is sinus augmentation?

Sinus augmentation, also known as a sinus lift or sinus graft, is a surgical procedure recommended by a dentist to help secure your dental implants when there is insufficient bone support. A sinus augmentation surgery can help by increasing the amount of bone in the upper jaw by adding bone to the space between your molars and premolars. 

According to the Foundation of Oral Rehabilitation, you will be recommended a sinus augmentation if there is:

  • Less than 4 to 6 mm of bone height in the posterior region of your jaw.
  • Tooth loss due to birth defects, cancer, or periodontal disease resulting in the thinning of the jawbone over time. 
  • Inadequate bone in the area of implant placement causes poor anchorage, and the implant will fail to perform demanding tasks like chewing.

How is sinus augmentation performed? 

The following preparation is necessary before sinus augmentation:

  • Your dentist will examine your teeth, mouth, and gums to assess your oral health.
  • The amount of jawbone near the area of implant placement will be evaluated through dental X-rays or CT (Computed Tomography) scan.

The basic steps in the procedure are as follows:

  • Your doctor will administer local anesthesia to numb the surgical area.
  • A tiny incision or cut will be made near the upper premolar and molar area to expose the jawbone.
  • Your doctor will make a small opening into the bone using ultrasonic instruments. 
  • The membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the opening will be carefully pushed upwards.
  • The space created will be filled with bone graft material (taken from your own body, or from a deceased donor, or a synthetic material that can stimulate bone formation).
  • Your doctor will then close the incision through sutures.
  • Once the surgical site heals, the dental implants will be placed.

Final note

Sinus augmentation can pave the way for strong dental implant placement. This procedure will increase your chances of a successful implant placement and overall dental rehabilitation.

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