Sinus Augmentation Schaumburg, IL
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants have become the treatment option of choice. Dental implants require a surgical procedure, during which small titanium rods are inserted into your jawbone. The implants are meant to support your replacement crowns. The success of dental implants relies on osseointegration or the fusion of your jawbone to the titanium rods. To ensure this success, you must first have enough bone mass in your jaw. Otherwise, there is a greater risk of implant failure. Teeth that are lost in the upper jaw, toward the back of the mouth, also pose an additional challenge. Without sufficient bone mass, the implants may pierce through the maxillary sinus cavities. At ImplantWide, we can perform a sinus augmentation, which lifts the sinus cavity and restore bone mass, making dental implants possible.
What is a Sinus Augmentation?
There are several sinus cavities in your head. Your maxillary sinus cavities are the ones that are located above your upper teeth, just behind your cheeks. The roots of some of your teeth extend toward these cavities. If these teeth are lost or extracted, there is only a thin layer of bone left that separates the cavities from the jawbone. If a dental implant is used to replace one of these teeth, and the bone is too thin, there is a risk that the implant could pierce through the cavity. A sinus augmentation is a surgical procedure that is designed to lift the floor of the sinus cavity, and fill the space with a bone graft material.
The Different Types of Bone Grafts
A sinus augmentation requires a bone graft. There are several different types of bone graft. The type of bone graft that is used for your procedure will be determined during your initial consultation. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each, and determine which will provide you with the best results.
Sinus Augmentation Procedure
A sinus augmentation is a surgical procedure. Before we begin, we administer a local anesthetic. We may also provide sedation if you are feeling anxious or nervous about your procedure. We then make a small incision in the gum tissue, near the molar or premolar area. Next, a small incision is made in the exposed bone. The lining of your maxillary sinus cavity is pushed up, and the space is then filled with the bone graft material. Finally, the gum tissue is sutured closed.
Healing from a sinus augmentation can take up to several months. As you heal, your natural bone fuses too, or around, the bone graft material, strengthening the jawbone in the process. Once you have fully healed from your sinus augmentation, we can then begin the process of placing a dental implant.
A sinus augmentation helps to restore bone mass in the jaw and prevent the risk of sinus cavity damage, making dental implants possible. If you are interested in learning more about a sinus augmentation, and if it is the right solution for you, call your Schaumburg Dental Implant Specialists at (630) 394-9787 today.
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