What is a sinus augmentation or sinus lift?
In order to place dental implants to replace the upper teeth, there needs to be enough bone and space to facilitate their successful integration. Periodontal infections, such as gum disease, can mean that you are lacking the necessary bone to place implants safely in the jaw. It’s also possible that tooth loss could have led to a loss of bone. It’s essential that you have sufficient bone for your implant to behave like a natural root. This is because the dental implant itself is anchored firmly in your jaw bone.
Commonly, the upper back jaw is one of the toughest areas to effectively place dental implants. This is because of the close proximity to the sinus and a deficiency in bone quantity and quality. The procedure raises the sinus floor and adds bone between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses. The sinus membrane has to be lifted to make room for the bone. Using the barrier membranes for guided tissue regeneration, the bone cells regenerate by multiplying in an area where the loss has occurred.
Typically, the bone will be allowed to evolve for 4 to 12 months before implants can be placed. However, this depends on each individual’s specific needs. In rare cases, the implant can be inserted during the same procedure as the sinus augmentation. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the surgery. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. Your Neem Tree periodontist can clarify your options for bone and tissue regeneration.
The sinus augmentation procedure has been shown to significantly improve your chances for effective implants that can last for years to come. Of course, this is as long as you maintain a sufficient dental care routine and take good care of your dental hygiene.