Sinus augmentation is a procedure that helps improve the efficacy of dental implants, which are essentially artificial roots that are attached to the jawbone. Eventually, a replacement tooth or bridge will be securely attached to this root, restoring the complete functional capacity of the tooth. The key to an implant’s success depends on the quality and available amount of bone in the jaw. If the bone has been lost due to an injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation may raise the floor of the sinus to allow the formation of a new bone.
Common sinus augmentation techniques are performed with a small incision near the premolar or molar region on the upper arch to expose the maxillary bone. A small opening is made in the bone and the membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the opening is gently raised upwards. The underlying space is filled with bone graft material and the incision is closed. The bone that is used for this procedure can come from your body or a cadaver. Sometimes, Dr. Gaumet uses synthetic materials that can also stimulate bone formation. Implants are then inserted after healing. Sinus augmentation has been shown to increase the success rate of dental implants.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gaumet today to discuss whether you’re a candidate for sinus augmentation.
Next, learn about wisdom teeth extraction.