Date: April 17, 2014 Richard Jones

Sinus Augmentation

Sinus augmentation is a dental surgical procedure that involves the addition of bone to the maxilla or upper jaw, in the area where the molars and premolars are. Sinus augmenting is done to ensure that there is sufficient bone in the upper jaw to be able to support a dental implant’s base. Also called a sinus lift, sinus augmentation results in the sinus membranes being “lifted” or moved upwards, making room for the bone to be added.

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Conditions that Need Sinus Augmentation

Sinus augmenting can be used to address the following conditions:

  • Significant bone loss in the upper jaw due to periodontal or gum disease
  • Not enough bone in the upper jaw, which is needed to support a number of dental implants for a patient who has lost several teeth
  • A patient’s maxillary sinus being too close to the upper jaw, making it difficult for the dental implants to be placed.

The Sinus Augmentation Procedure

  1. The dentist or dental surgeon may need to take x-rays to be able to accurately evaluate the condition of the patient’s bones before the sinus augmentation procedure can take place.
  2. A local anesthesia may be applied to numb the area which will be affected by the sinus augmenting procedure, so that the patient will not feel any pain throughout the procedure.
  3. The dental surgeon will then make an incision in the gum tissue, near the molars and premolars. The gum is then lifted to expose the bone underneath.
  4. A small window or hole will be cut into the bone, after which the dental surgeon will then see the sinus membrane, which separates the jaw from the sinus.
  5. The sinus membrane will then be gently pushed upwards and away from the jaw.
  6. The bone-graft material will be placed into the space where the sinus membrane previously was.
  7. The gum tissue will be closed with the use of stitches, and implants will be placed after a suitable amount of time has passed; the amount of time before dental implants are placed will depend on the bone graft material used.

 

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