When patients lose a tooth in the upper premolar or molar areas of the jaw, the bone deteriorates. In addition, the sinuses expand (pneumotize) to occupy the empty space created by the lost tooth roots leaving insufficient bone to support dental implants.
In this scenario, in order to have dental implants
placed, a sinus augmentation (also referred to as a lift) is necessary. This procedure will help to create sufficient thickness in the jaw bone to support the placement of dental implants. This has become a relatively routine procedure in our office with highly predictable, and comfortable results.
Our doctors at Ormond Beach Periodontics and Implant Dentistry are experienced in providing sinus augmentation procedures. During your initial exam, we will take a close look at the amount of bone that is present to determine your individual needs. Once the sinus augmentation has been performed, the patient will need to wait several months to allow the mouth to completely heal before placing the dental implants. A sinus augmentation procedure now makes it possible for more patients to benefit from dental implants when just years ago the only solution was dentures.