How important is Sinus Grafting for an Implant Treatment?

May 30th, 2016 by


Dental implants are ideal solutions for missing teeth problems. The titanium artificial tooth roots are placed into the jawbone, and provide support for the attachment of dental restorations such as dental crowns or a fixed dental bridge. The quality of a patient’s jawbone plays a crucial role in the successful placement of dental implants; if the jawbone is thin or deemed insufficient, there is a chance that the implants cannot be placed at all.

sinus grafting

How important is sinus grafting as part of an implant treatment preparation? Sinus grafting is considered in cases when the upper jaw bone lacks sufficient height for the successful placement of dental implants. A thin jawbone can be the result of the patient’s natural anatomy, or as a consequence of long-term tooth loss. Also referred to as a sinus lift, the procedure involves the lifting of the sinus membrane so that the upper jawbone can be exposed prior to the placement of the grafting material. The sinus graft’s goal is to improve the height and quality of the upper jawbone. The grafting material is then left to heal so that it can integrate with the surrounding tissues.

After the healing period is completed, the augmented upper jawbone area can then support the placement of dental implants. The artificial tooth roots will in turn be attached to teeth replacements to restore the normal appearance and function of the smile.

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