What is a Sinus Augmentation?
Sinus augmentation is often necessary when you have bone loss in the upper mandible (jaw) and the sinuses have come down as a result. You might need augmentation before having dental implants placed, since there may not be enough bone in this area for the implants to heal properly. Using either synthetic or donor bone material, we will lift the sinuses and place the material to help give the implants a solid surface to be placed. The sinus augmentation procedure is done quickly, conveniently and comfortably in our office.
Why would a Sinus Augmentation be needed?
When you lose a tooth, the surrounding socket and bone will begin to eventually wear away. When this happens, the upper sinuses drop down naturally because there is nothing keeping them up any longer. While this typically isn’t a problem otherwise, it can be an issue if you’re going to be having implants placed. The implants need enough healthy, solid bone structure to fuse with after being placed, so a sinus augmentation is a must.
Who is a candidate for a Sinus Augmentation?
To determine if you might need a sinus augmentation, we will take special 3D x-ray images of your teeth and face. This allows us to see if you have bone loss in the upper jaw and if a sinus augmentation is needed. It’s recommended that if you need this procedure, you have it done before having implants placed. Implants will fail if they do not have enough bone to fuse with after being inserted.
What happens during Sinus Augmentation?
Before the procedure begins, we will administer sedative of your choice. We then make a small incision into the gums either above the canines or the molars. We then lift the sinuses and place bone matter in the area where it is missing. Bone material can be taken from a donor source or by utilizing synthetic materials. Once the new bone has been given time to heal and fuse with the surrounding area, we can place the implants as needed. It can take a few weeks to several months before the new bone has healed from sinus augmentation.
If you would like to learn more about sinus augmentation, call our office today and one of our friendly staff members will be happy to further assist you.