Why You May Need a Sinus Lift or Sinus Augmentation
New technology in dental procedures has seen an increase in dental implants over the past decades. Oral surgeons, such as ourselves, are recommending implants as wonderful and permanent alternatives to partial or full bridges or dentures. Implants are more convenient and allow a patient to function just as with their own permanent teeth.
For an implant to be successful, there are certain requirements that need to be met. One of them is bone thickness. If the thickness of the jawbone is not adequate, your oral surgeon may recommend what is called a sinus lift or sinus augmentation.
What is a Sinus Lift or Sinus Augmentation?
If you are missing several molars in your upper jaw, or you sinuses are too close to the jaw, it may be difficult for your dentist to install a dental implant. There isn’t enough bone to support the implant. A sinus lift or augmentation allows the dentist to add bone to the upper jaw near the areas of your back teeth (molars and premolars).
The bone is added between the jaw and what are known as the maxillary sinuses, located on either side of the nose. In order to have room to add the bone, the sinus membrane needs to be lifted upward. This procedure is generally performed by an oral surgeon.
What Causes the Need for a Sinus Lift?
The bone in your upper jaw needs to be a certain thickness to support the screw post of an implant. When people have lost upper back teeth, the body begins to reabsorb the bone that previously supported them, leaving very little bone to place an implant. Periodontal (gum) disease can also cause bone loss.
Another cause could be that your sinuses are too close to the upper jaw so that there is no room for implants. Sinus size varies from person to person.
Through the use of a CT scan, your oral surgeon will measure the height and width of your jawbone to see if you need a sinus lift and to obtain accurate data. He or she will also advise you as to the procedure, risks and recovery from the surgery.
When you are considering one or more implants for upper back molars, you shouldn’t be alarmed if your dentist wants to further investigate to see if you might need a sinus lift or sinus augmentation. It has become more common as implants have grown in popularity. We’ll be glad to explain this procedure and your options for good dental health.
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Dr. Sonny Kim is a passionate supporter of the advanced methods of dentistry and dental treatments. In order to best serve his patients, he continually studies the latest in dental technology so he can pass along his knowledge and expertise to his patients.
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Dr. Sonny Kim, DMD
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Reston, VA 20191