Much of the time, dental implants can be fitted with little treatment required beforehand. Sometimes, however, there is insufficient bone at the implant site for the dentist to create a solid foundation for the implant. Sometimes, for instance, there can be inadequate ‘depth’ in the jawbone to accommodate the implant. This typically occurs in the upper jaw around the molars and premolars, below the maxillary sinus cavity. In this scenario, a sinus graft is a suitable treatment for creating this extra height by enhancing the volume of bone at the implant site.
A sinus graft (or sinus ‘lift’) involves ‘lifting’ the floor of the maxillary sinus by surgically detaching the sinus membrane from the bone and packing out the cavity with bone graft material, substantially ‘raising’ the floor of the maxillary sinus. Over the next few months, the bone will grow and form a suitably secure foundation to install the dental implant.
There are risks to a sinus graft, most notably the potential to tear the delicate membrane of the sinus. This can be repaired with stitching or a patch and sometimes the operation will be halted at this point if it is felt that the tear needs to heal properly before the surgery can be completed. The good news in this situation is that the membrane will heal thicker and the chances of another tear occurring are reduced.
Whatever treatment you choose with us at our dental practice in Swindon, you can be assured of the same excellent standard of patient care. We will walk you through every stage of your treatment, looking after you all the way. Book an appointment today.
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