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Sinus augmentation is a type of surgery done by a periodontist that has become more common in recent years. More specifically, sinus augmentation is associated with dental implant placement. It is a type of surgery that is done by a specially trained oral surgeon and is typically not performed by a general dentist. The surgery involves the grafting of bone to areas around the back of the upper jaw. This area is located just below the maxillary sinuses. This type of surgery requires that the sinus membranes be lifted slightly upwards.
A Lack Of Adequate Bone Mass Around The Back Of The Jaw
This lifting is why sinus augmentation is sometimes referred to as a sinus lift. This type of surgery is primarily intended to build out the bone to allow for adequate support for the eventual placement of dental implants. People who require this type of augmentation of the sinuses usually have lost molars or other teeth all the way to the back of the mouth. This results in a lack of adequate bone mass around the back of the jaw area. As a matter of fact the upper jaw usually has less bone than the lower jaw. Because each individual has different maxillary sinus structure with regard to size, shape and positioning it is important to have your specific case carefully review by an oral surgeon.
Thousands Of Successful Procedures
The good news is that once sinus augmentation is fully complete it allows for a much more stable platform for dental implants. In most cases an augmentation requires sourcing of bone from other parts of the body to allow for the procedure to proceed. This grafting material is vital to success when it comes to sinus augmentation. With thousands of successful for procedures performed each and every year around the country, sinus related augmentation is a viable option for those wishing to receive dental implants. Talk with your Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Darvishzadeh at Walnut Creek Dental today for more information on sinus augmentation.