Sinus Lift Augmentation
After the loss of upper back teeth, your sinuses may enlarge. Before new implants replace the lost teeth, a sinus lift augmentation or graft restores the sinus cavity to its original position and replaces the bone lost as a result of the enlarged sinus.
This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone. There are two main ways to approach this lift, either through as lateral window or a crestal approach. Examples of both can be seen below. First lateral, then the crestal technique.
Bone Grafting / Implant Site Development
Occasionally, ideal areas where dental implants are to be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to place the implants securely. In these cases, it is often necessary to augment the site in order for an implant to be placed.
We utilize a variety of grafting materials. Bone coming from yourself is called autogenous bone. Bone harvested from another species is called a Xenograft, and bone developed in a laboratory Allograft. Our material of choice is an Allograft.
The bone graft serves as a scaffolding for your own bone to “grow into.” This also does not require a secondary surgical site. We often use xenographic membranes; i.e., from bovine sources. The membranes provide a barrier so your gum tissue does not invade the new graft.
Tissue grows faster than bone, so the membrane will stay in place for weeks and your body will completely reabsorb the material. Additionally when a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to experience bone loss around the infected tooth.
In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning
We have special 3D software that allows us to evaluate your bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result for your dental implants.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and free of infection. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can.
Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.