How a Sinus Lift Can Create Ample Space for Dental Implants!
POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 AT 4:15 PM by Dr. Mark Stein
One of the most interesting things about oral surgery is the complexity of the maxillofacial region. Every patient’s situation is unique in some way. While many of us have enough bone density and space to place dental implants, this isn’t the case for every patient.
Sometimes, additional dental work is required to properly undergo dental implant surgery. For patients who have lost bone around the upper jaw, a bone graft is required to create a strong platform for dental implants. However, this bone loss may lead to the sinuses being located too close to the jaw, and additional room must first be created in order to place your implants. At New York Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Stein can perform a sinus lift to move the sinuses further away from the jawbone in order to pave your way to a fuller smile.
First, Dr. Stein will make a small incision in your jawbone in order to properly lift the sinus to the desired location. Once your sinuses are moved and space is created, a bone graft will be placed in preparation for your dental implants. A period of 6-9 months is required to ensure that the new bone fully integrates with your jaw and heals. There are a variety of bone grafting options, including utilizing your own bone, cadaver bone, or special bone grafting materials, such as the INFUSE® bone morphogenic protein. Dr. Stein will discuss which bone grafting option is right for you.
Once your bone grafts are fully healed following your sinus augmentation, Dr. Stein will place your dental implants—providing natural-looking results that function just like real teeth and allow you to smile with confidence. Dr. Stein strives to find solutions that meet every patient’s unique needs and circumstances. Those who suffer from decreased bone density can still enjoy the benefits of dental implants thanks to the sinus lift procedure.
Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. and his staff encourage patients to express any questions or concerns you may have about the sinus lift, bone grafting, dental implants, or any of our other procedures. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.888.4760, or you may make an appointment online for a personal consultation with Dr. Stein.
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