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Expanding the Implant Treatment Options for Patients with a Sinus Lift
Getting dental implants to replace missing teeth or old dentures is a dream for many, but some people may learn from their dentist that they don’t have enough bone in their jaw to support implants. All hope is not lost for these people, however. It is often possible to provide bone for implants by performing a simple in-office procedure. One such technique is a sinus lift, which adds bone in the back of your mouth to allow the placement of dental implants.
A sinus lift may sound intimidating, but it is actually a simple outpatient procedure that can be performed with a local anesthetic. The procedure has no negative effect on your sinuses or on your speech. After a sinus lift, there should be sufficient bone to support dental implants.
A sinus lift uses bone from somewhere else in the patient’s body or from a donor. Often the bone can be taken from another part of your mouth. A sinus lift may be indicated when a patient who desires dental implants has too much empty space in their sinus cavity to support implants in the back of the upper mouth. This happens because when teeth are lost, the bone that supported them begins to atrophy or waste away. The back upper teeth are usually the most affected by bone loss. A sinus lift can solve the problem by adding new bone that will become permanent and is sufficient for the placement of dental implants.
After a sinus lift is performed, it may be possible to immediately place dental implants. This depends on the amount of bone in the area. Usually several months must pass before the implant procedure can begin.
A sinus lift can make dental implants possible for someone who otherwise may not have been able to have them. There are also other types of bone augmentation procedures that can add bone for implants when you don’t have enough.
If you have had dentures for several years and you thought dental implants were out of the question, a sinus lift could be a solution. Call Dr. Rye now at the Fairfax, VA office of Rye Smiles for Life to set up a consultation appointment. A consultation and thorough dental exam is the first step to determine if dental implants can work in your particular case. The sooner you call, the sooner you could be on your way to getting permanent new teeth.