Sinus Augmentation

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If you have lost supporting bone in your upper jaw, our oral surgeons may recommend a sinus augmentation. This bone grafting procedure can ensure your teeth and dental implants have a stable foundation.

What is Sinus Augmentation?

Sinus augmentation, also known as sinus lift surgery, is a dental procedure aimed at increasing the amount of bone in the upper jaw, specifically in the area of the molars and premolars. This surgery involves lifting the sinus membrane and placing a bone graft onto the sinus floor, allowing for the growth of new bone. This is particularly important for patients who have insufficient bone height in the upper jaw or those whose sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed directly.

When is Sinus Augmentation Recommended?

Sinus augmentation is most commonly recommended for patients looking to receive dental implants but lack the necessary bone support in the upper jaw. This situation can arise due to various reasons, including periodontal disease, tooth loss leading to bone resorption or natural anatomical variations. By augmenting the sinus, the procedure creates a solid foundation for implants, ensuring their stability and longevity. Additionally, it may be advised when the sinuses are too close to the jaw, preventing safe implant placement without risking sinus membrane damage.

The Sinus Augmentation Procedure

The sinus augmentation procedure begins with a detailed evaluation, including X-rays or CT scans, to assess the anatomy of the jaw and sinuses. Under local anesthesia or sedation, or oral surgeons will make an incision in the gum tissue where the back teeth used to be. The tissue is then raised, exposing the bone. A small, oval window is opened in the bone to access the sinus membrane, which is gently lifted away from the jaw. A bone graft material is then packed into the space where the sinus was. The type of graft can vary, including options like synthetic materials, the patient’s bone or donated bone. After placing the graft, the tissue is stitched back. The healing process, during which the bone integrates with the graft material, can take several months. Once healed, the site is ready for dental implant placement, offering a rejuvenated foundation for restored dental function and aesthetics.

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Contact Cherry Creek Restorative Dentistry today at 720-792-8227 to learn more about sinus augmentation in Denver, Colorado, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Chai or Dr. Luter.

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