What is a Sinus?

The maxillary sinuses sit behind your cheeks and above top of the upper teeth. Essentially empty, air-filled spaces, the sinuses produce a mucus that moisturizes the inside of the nose. In some patients, the bone separating the mouth from the sinuses is especially thin, This allows some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth.

To help improve the strength and width of the bone for dental implant placement, our Beverly Hills, MI dentist offers sinus augmentation in Beverly Hills, MI.

The Sinus Augmentation Procedure

The key to a successful and long-lasting dental implant is the quality and quantity of jawbone to which the implant will be attached. If bone loss has occurred due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor and allow for new bone formation.

In the most common sinus augmentation procedure, a small incision is made on the premolar or molar region to expose the jawbone. A small opening is cut into the bone, and the membrane lining the sinus is pushed upward. The underlying space is filled with bone grafting material, either from your own body or from a cadaver. Sometimes, synthetic materials that can imitate bone formation are used.  After several months of healing, the augmented bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized.

If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If insufficient bone is available, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed several months before implant placement.

Explore Pre-Dental Implant Treatment with our Beverly Hills, MI Dentist

If you’re tired of missing teeth,it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Winter. During your consultation with our Beverly Hills, MI implant dentist, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan to replace missing teeth and restore your entire smile. Call Advanced Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your appointment!