When you visit Durham Dental Solutions for dental implants in Ajax, one thing we must do is assess your jawbone quality carefully. We must quantify the amount of bone available to ensure that once we insert the implants, they are immediately surrounded with strong and healthy bone, helping to ensure they can become firmly fused in place.
Dental implants in Whitby need this bone to become firmly fused in the jawbone during a process called osseointegration. This is when new bone gradually grows on the implant post and around, which takes several months to fully complete.
Why Would I Need a Sinus Lift?
Often, there isn’t enough jawbone available, which is frequently the case when restoring upper back teeth, called your molars and premolars. This is why you may need a sinus graft or lift, also called sinus augmentation Pickering.
The jawbone underneath your sinus cavities is naturally thinner and weaker, which is why sinus lifts are often needed when replacing upper back teeth with dental implants in Brooklin. If you lost teeth a while ago, your body resorbs the jawbone gradually as it loses the stimulation provided by your natural tooth roots that would otherwise tell your body it needs to continue to replace old and dying bone cells. In addition, people with advanced periodontal disease (gum disease) will often suffer from jawbone loss as the infection gradually destroys the structures around teeth, including the jawbone, eventually loosening them, so they fall out or need removal.
What is a Sinus Lift?
Your upper back teeth are located just beneath your sinus cavities, which are air-filled cavities located on either side of your nose. There is just a thin membrane separating the sinus cavities from your jawbone. Placing a bone graft in this area will help build up the bone to an acceptable level and is a very straightforward procedure.
What to Expect If You Need a Sinus Lift?
There is no need to be concerned if you need this treatment, and we will use local anesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. First, we make a small incision into the gum to create a tiny opening in the jawbone. This allows us to see the membrane separating your sinus cavities and jawbone.
We carefully lift the membrane upwards during the next stage, leaving a space between the membrane and your jawbone that we can fill with new bone. Once all the bone is packed into the cavity, we stitch your gum in place and leave the bone graft to heal. The bone grafting material encourages your body to produce new bone so that several months later, it is strong enough to support dental implants in Newcastle.
A Carefully Planned, Routine Procedure
A sinus lift in Oshawa is a routine procedure, and you can rest assured that we plan each dental implant treatment extremely carefully, including any bone grafting required. When you visit us for dental implants, we take a cone beam CT scan, a diagnostic 3-D image of your existing teeth and jaws, which provides us with a great deal of information.
We use this image to decide if you have enough jawbone or would benefit from a bone grafting treatment in Bowmanville. The image allows us to determine exactly how much additional bone is needed and where best to place it. By the time you sit in the dental chair, ready for your sinus lift, we know precisely how your treatment will proceed, step-by-step, so you can rest assured the process will be as quick, comfortable, and as smooth as possible.