The key to a successful and long-lasting implant is the quality and quantity of jawbone to which the implant will be attached. If the bone has been lost due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation. Let’s take a look at what exactly a sinus augmentation is and what it’s used for from your dentist in Ft Lauderdale.
In plain terms, a sinus augmentation, or sinus lift, is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward or lifted. Typically, a sinus lift is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a periodontist.
A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed. Here are some examples of that happening:
As implants have become more common, so have sinus lifts. At TLC Dental we offer sinus lifts for our patients who might require one in order to get an implant. Contact us today to learn more.