Why A Patient Might Need Sinus Augmentation
Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option. These titanium posts are placed into the jawbone to act as a natural tooth root and can be restored over the top with a crown, bridge, or denture. These restorations are highly desirable because of their longevity and strength. However, not everyone who has experienced tooth loss is a viable candidate for dental implants. Patients need to have sufficient bone for the dental implant to take. Additionally, patients with implants placed on the upper jaw may also need to be careful of existing sinus cavities that may be in the way. The team at Perio Implant Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, provides initial treatments for patients considering dental implants, including sinus augmentation.
What is sinus augmentation?
A sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is a technique used to lift and raise the floor of the sinus cavities to allow for new bone formation and the placement of a dental implant. This procedure may be done alongside other gum regeneration or bone grafting services. The sinus augmentation technique is performed by creating a small opening into the bone and lifting the lining of the sinus. The sinus cavity is augmented to allow room for bone and implant. Bone grafting material is placed, and the incision is closed to complete the procedure.
When are dental implants placed?
Once the area has healed, and the bone graft has taken, patients are ready to have their dental implants placed. This process can take a few months but ensures that the implant has fused to the bone for solid and functional use. X-rays are used to monitor this bone growth, called osseointegration, and prepare for the placement of implants when the area has healed.
Find out more about sinus augmentation procedures with Perio Implant Chicago
Drs. Peter Cabrera and Bahareh Sabzehei of Perio Implant Chicago provide Chicago, IL, area patients with services to restore oral health when problems arise. If you require sinus augmentation, call (312) 736-7959 to request an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 939 W North Avenue, Suite #700.