Sinus Augmentation, or sinus lift, is a dental procedure used to prepare the jawbone to accept dental implants. It must be performed when sufficient bone mass is not available to anchor the new teeth. The treatment is usually executed at the back of the jawbone where the large molars sit. As well as allowing the jawbone to regenerate new mass, it protects the sinuses from potential damage due to an implant.
Why is a Sinus Augmentation Required?
A Sinus Augmentation is required when periodontal disease or some traumatic injury has destroyed much of the jawbone mass. This kind of damage can result in the jawbone becoming unable to regenerate itself. Small slivers of bone tissue are placed in the jaw to act as “seed” for the germination and growth of new bone mass.
The bone is added between your jaw and sinuses on either side of your nose. It’s possible you don’t have room for the addition. When there’s no room, the sinus membrane is moved upward. This procedure should only be completed by a periodontist.
How Is It Done?
A Sinus Augmentation is executed under local anesthesia. It isn’t a painful procedure. A small incision is made in the upper jaw. Tiny bone fragments are removed from the lower jaw and placed in the incision.
Once the bone fragments are in place, a few closing stitches are needed to complete the work. The bone is allowed to replenish itself for about four to nine months. By that time, the bone should have rebuilt sufficiently to hold the implants.
Call Dr. Neale
Many factors can cause you to need a sinus augmentation. The best way to determine the exact procedure needed for you is to make an appointment with a specialty dentist known as a periodontist.
The best and most caring periodontist in the Wichita Falls, Texas area is Dr. William S. Neale. He can guide you to better health, a longer life, and a kissable smile.
Call Dr. Neale today at (940) 322-0758. You’ll receive a $125.00 discount off your first exam.