In order to increase the chances of having a successful dental implant, a jawbone with the right amount of quantity and quality is needed. In most cases, placing dental implants on the upper jaw is considered to be a difficult task because of the lack of bone quality and quantity. Another reason why it’s difficult to place dental implants on the upper jaw is due to its location, which is near the sinus. Tooth loss and periodontal diseases can cause bone loss. If you have missing teeth on your upper jaw and you want to have dental implants done but you lack the bone quality and quantity, one option for you would be a sinus augmentation or sinus lift surgery.
What Is a Sinus Augmentation?
A sinus augmentation or sinus lift surgery can add bone to your maxilla or upper jaw. The bone is placed between the maxillary sinus and the jaw. During a sinus augmentation surgery, the sinus is ‘lifted’ in order to give way for the bone. Periodontists and maxillofacial surgeons are the ones who perform this type of surgery.
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What Is a Sinus Augmentation For?
A sinus augmentation surgery is one of the best options for patients with the following conditions:
- People with bone loss that was caused by a periodontal or gum disease
- People with missing teeth, particularly the molars in the upper jaw, but are unfit to have dental implants due to the lack of bone quality and quantity
- People who want to have dental implants placed but are unfit to have one because of the positioning of the upper jaw and the maxillary sinus. A dental implant can be complicated for individuals who have an upper jaw that is too close to the maxillary sinus.
- People who lost their upper teeth a long time ago. Once a tooth is removed, the body reabsorbs the bone thus decreasing the bone quantity in the upper jaw.
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