Dental implants can make all the difference in a person’s smile. A full set of teeth will help you to eat and speak properly and can help maintain your oral health and the alignment of your teeth. Not to mention eat a better diet. For an implant to do its job, it needs to be anchored in healthy bone. Some people may not have sufficient bone mass in their upper jaw to support an implant. If this is the case for you, don’t worry! You can talk to our dentist, Dr. Bob Johnson about sinus surgery in Grand Junction, Colorado. Your journey to dental health can start as soon as you call Horizon Dental Care at 970-245-3633.

A sinus lift, sometimes called a sinus augmentation, is a treatment that may be needed to add bone to the upper jaw in the area of the back teeth (molars and premolars) to enable successful implant placement. The maxillary sinuses are located above the upper jawbone on either side of your nose.
When a tooth has been lost from the upper jaw, there may not be sufficient bone structure in the sinus region to place a dental implant. Tooth loss also leads to bone loss because the bone begins to be resorbed once the teeth have been lost or removed. If the teeth have been missing for a longer period of time, or if bone loss has occurred because of periodontal disease, this may further contribute to lack of bone for implant placement.

To supplement the bone structure and allow for the successful placement of a dental implant, our dentist may recommend a sinus lift. During this procedure, we gently lift the sinus membrane and push it up and away from the jaw. This can be done via a vertical or lateral window approach. Depending on your situation one option might be better suited for you. We then add bone-grafting material in the area where the sinus was to add to the bone structure.

We typically allow a healing period of 4-9 months after this procedure before placing the implant so the grafted material can mesh with the natural bone, but sometimes the implant can be placed at the same time. For more information about whether a sinus lift is right for your oral health needs, we invite you to contact us today.

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