Sinus Augmentation Makes Dental Implants Possible for More People
Sinus lift surgery, also referred to as sinus augmentation, makes it possible to place dental implants in the molar and premolar area of the upper jaw when sufficient bone is not present. It also is needed if your sinuses are too close to the jawbone to allow room for implants. During the procedure, bone is added between your lower (maxillary) sinuses, which are located under your cheeks beside your nose, and your upper jaw. The sinus membrane needs to be lifted surgery to create room for more bone. Farber Center is among Long Island’s leading providers of sinus lifts which in recent years have become more prevalent. They allow upper dental implants in patients who would have been unable to have them previously. Several factors may be responsible for insufficient bone height to allow room for implants in the upper jaw molar area. These include periodontal disease, expansion of sinuses as we age, earlier loss of teeth after which bone was absorbed into the body, or the simple anatomical fact that upper jawbone height is less than its lower counterpart. Any of these causes can be resolved with a sinus augmentation procedure, making you a candidate for implants that would not be possible otherwise.
Patient education and presenting all treatment options is essential at Farber Center. If you desire implants, our goal is to offer state-of-the-art procedures to make them available for more patients. X-rays and CT scans provide views of bone height in the upper molar and premolar areas, indicating when a sinus augmentation would be needed. After a lift, you will wait for some time for the new bone material to become hard and fuse with your jaw. Then your dental implant procedure can proceed.