Dental implants are the most desirable option in tooth restoration, but they do require enough bone for support. One of the areas that can be severely depleted in bone are in the back upper jaw. Due to the location of the sinus right above the back jawbone and lack of quality bone, this can eliminate the ability to place dental implants. A surgical periodontic procedure called a sinus lift, or augmentation, can increase bone in the upper jaw to complete dental implants. First Smile Family Dental offers sinus lift surgery at our dental center in Federal Way, WA.
What Is a Sinus Lift?
Bone loss due to periodontal disease or tooth loss in the upper back jaw can be combatted with a sinus lift surgery. This is a type of bone graft procedure for the upper jawbone, but it also involves lifting the sinus floor to create room for the new bone growth. There are various techniques used to accomplish the lifting of the sinuses and promoting bone growth at the same time. Dr. Vien Nguyen is an experienced dentist with expertise in performing complex periodontics surgeries like sinus augmentations. If you need increased bone in the back upper jaw, he can discuss the options available for sinus lift surgery to improve your chances for dental implant restoration.
Sinus Augmentation for Implants
In many cases, sinus augmentation is performed in advance of dental implant surgery to stimulate bone growth. This may be completed four or more months before implant surgery to increase the quantity of quality bone in the area. In some cases, a sinus lift can be completed with dental implant surgery.
Increasing the bone in the upper jaw creates a better chance of success for dental implant restorations. Whether you want to replace a single tooth or want a full mouth reconstruction with implant-supported dentures, a sinus lift can give you the bone density needed to support your dental implants. If you have been told you do not have bone density in the upper jaw to support dental implants, sinus augmentation may be an option. Contact us at First Smile Family Dental in Federal Way to schedule a dental implant consultation to learn more about bone graft and sinus lift surgery.