Posted on 6/30/2019 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
|One of the best ways to deal with missing, broken or cracked teeth is through dental implants. Dental implanted provide a tooth that looks, feels and works like the natural teeth.
People can improve their appearance and their oral health with the help of dental implants. But not everyone is the right candidate for dental implants. For someone that is not a good candidate, help can come from a sinus lift.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is also known as a sinus augmentation. The procedure involves adding bone to the upper jaw between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses. The area affected is the area of the molars and premolars. To make the space for the additional bone, the sinus membrane is moved upwards. The movement upwards is the reason for calling it a lift.
Implants and a Sinus Lift
It is common for a person that wants dental implants to need a sinus lift. The reason for the implants is usually because a person has lost some teeth. Those lost teeth can cause for the loss of bone. The sinus lift can help provide the bone needed for the implant.
Another issue that involves lost teeth is the lack of space for the dental implants. When a person loses their molars, the sinus lift can help provide more bone mass for the implants. The back teeth or molars typically have less bone mass in the jaw than the front teeth do.
For some people it is a matter of their natural anatomy. It is possible that maxillary sinus is too close to the jaw to place the implants. In that case the sinus lift can help create the needed room.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.