Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects every aspect of your life. It affects how you eat and how you speak. It affects your smile and your confidence. It also has a huge impact on your jawbone. When you suffer tooth loss, your jawbone begins to resorb and grow weak. Dental implants are a highly popular treatment for replacing missing teeth. Titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jaw to support your replacement teeth. However, to be successful, you need to have enough bone mass remaining in the jaw. In the upper jaw, missing bone mass not only increases the risk for implant failure, but it can also lead to issues with the maxillary sinus cavities. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we can improve the success of a dental implant treatment with a sinus lift.
What Is a Sinus Lift?
Your teeth play a crucial role in the health of your jawbone. The roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbone when you chew. This stimulation triggers your body to send essential nutrients to the jaw and surrounding areas. When you lose your teeth, the stimulation is reduced. As a result, your body sends fewer nutrients. Over time, your jawbone begins to grow weak and change shape.
Dental implants are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth that help to stop and prevent bone loss in the jaw. However, if you have lost too much bone mass, the likelihood of successful fusion between your jawbone and the implant posts decreases. In your upper jaw, additional problems are created. Located just behind your cheeks, above your upper jaw, sit the maxillary sinus cavities. Some of the roots of your natural teeth near the mid to back of the jaw reach up toward these cavities. When you lose your teeth, and the jawbone begins to resorb, the wall between your jaw and the floors of the sinus cavities thins. Placing an implant in this area can result in the implant piercing the sinus cavities, which can then lead to chronic sinus infections and other issues, including implant failure.
A sinus lift procedure is designed to increase the success rate of dental implants that are to be placed near the maxillary sinus cavities. With this procedure, the floor of the sinus cavity is lifted, and bone grafting material is placed in the empty space. This increases the distance between the implant and the sinus cavity while also providing more material for better stability.
Bone Grafts for a Sinus Lift
A sinus lift requires a bone graft. There are a few different types of bone grafts that can be used for this procedure:
Getting a Sinus Lift
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that is often performed under both a local anesthetic as well as sedation. First, incisions are made in the soft tissues of your mouth near the premolars and molars. This provides us with access to your jawbone. Next, incisions are then made in the bone. The floor of the sinus cavity is lifted up, and the chosen bone graft material is then placed inside. Finally, your gums are sutured closed. After you have healed from your sinus lift, we can then begin the process of placing your dental implants.
If you are missing too much bone mass in your upper jaw, a sinus lift can help to increase the chances of a successful implant procedure while also protecting the maxillary sinus cavities. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at (805) 267-9766 today.
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