Bone Graft and Sinus Lift For Dental Implants
In some cases, bone grafting is required prior to dental implant placement if there is insufficient bone remaining. Bone grafting can increase the height and width of the jaw bone where required so that there is enough bone for the implant to be placed and integrate. The bone used for grafting is either bone mineral substitutes or can, in some circumstances, be taken from your own mouth. Once full assessments have been carried out and collated, your dentist will discuss the findings and subsequent treatment options and procedures.
When dental implants are placed to replace molar teeth the back of the jaw, a sinus lift is sometimes required. This is because the jaw bone at the back is commonly reduced due to the sinuses. The maxillary sinus is a hollow cavity and in many cases encroaches on the bone where the implants need to be placed. The sinus lift involves lifting the floor of the sinus then building up the cavity with bone. This allows longer implants to be placed and creates a more stable placement. Sinus lift procedure does not affect the performance of the sinuses.