What is Sinus Augmentation
A strong, dense jawbone is one of the most crucial components of successful dental implant procedures. A sinus augmentation, also known as a sinus lift, is performed when additional bone tissue is needed in the upper jaw to make it easy to place dental implants. When teeth are lost in the upper jaw, the bone will recede, which causes the sinus cavity to drop. When we raise the sinus membranes to the proper position by adding bone tissue, our Burbank, California, dental team can create the appropriate support structure for dental implants.
Reasons for sinus augmentation
Sinus augmentations are needed when there is insufficient bone height in the upper jaw to place dental implants. Some of the most common causes of this type of bone loss are:
- Tooth loss in the upper jaw
- Periodontal disease
- Loss of bone structure following tooth loss
Types of bone used in sinus augmentation
There are several options for getting the additional bone needed for a sinus lift; they include the following:
- Autogenous – the bone comes from elsewhere in your body
- Allogenic – the bone comes from a cadaver
- Xenograft – the bone comes from a cow
How sinus augmentations are performed
During a sinus lift procedure, the gum tissue is cut and raised to expose the bone underneath it. Next, a small circle is cut into the bone and lifts the sinus cavity space to fill the hole with the grafting material. The incision is then closed, and the procedure is complete.
Following the procedure, the area will begin to heal, and the new bone will merge with your existing bone structure. This process varies in time depending on how much bone is needed. On average, the area will be fully healed within 4-12 months, at which time dental implants can be placed.
Why choose us for sinus augmentation
At Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, CA, our team has years of experience performing sinus augmentations and implant procedures. We’ll be with you every step of the way to help you get your smile and oral health back. To schedule a consultation to get more information on sinus augmentations, call us at (818) 918-5533.