Patients who are interested in dental implants sometimes find that periodontal disease or trauma have made the procedure a little more complicated than they expected it would be. That’s because both of those things can change the shape of the sinuses, the available tissue in the jaw, or both. In cases where tissue supporting the sinuses and separating them from the jaw has been depleted, a sinus lift from your oral surgeon can be just the answer that makes dental implants possible.
How Sinus Augmentation Helps Prepare You for Dental Implants
If you’re looking to get dental implants as an option to replace missing teeth, there’s a certain amount of tissue needed to help anchor the implants firmly to the jaw. If you’ve lost too much tissue, the anchors simply can’t get the purchase they need. This reduces the likelihood that the procedure will be successful, and once the tissue thins past a certain threshold, it can actually disqualify you as a candidate. Sinus augmentation provides new tissue that, once it has fully taken and integrated, can serve as a basis for the anchors you need to keep your implants in place.
What Does the Procedure Do?
When you have a sinus lift, bone is added to the area above the molars and premolars, between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses. This produces extra support for the sinuses, helping the patient in a few ways:
- It supports and strengthens the sinuses, preventing collapse due to tissue loss.
- It strengthens the jaw, providing anchor points for implants when jawbone loss is an issue.
- Restoring bone that has been lost supports facial structure and helps preserve your look and smile.
For more information about this procedure or about dental implants, contact our practice to make an appointment. Dr. Steele can answer your questions easily in a consultation where he can review your dental history and other factors affecting your oral health.
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