The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Sinuses are like empty rooms that have nothing in them. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth.
Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone without grafting.There is a solution and it’s called a sinus graft or sinus lift graft.
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Maxillary Sinus Lift Procedure: What to Expect
The dental implant surgeon will enter the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be or through the lateral wall of the maxillary sinus. The sinus membrane is then lifted upward and donor bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus.
Keep in mind that the floor of the sinus is the roof of the upper jaw. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new bone.
Specialized procedures like sinus graft procedure or ridge expansion procedure make it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option other than wearing loose full or partial dentures.
If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for several months, depending upon the type of graft material used. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.
Learn more when you visit Sunnyvale Dental Care Office. Call Sunnyvale Dental Implant Dentist Dr. Gupta at (408) 720-0900 to schedule a consultation today!