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Improve Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

The maxillary sinuses, empty, air-filled pockets, are located behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. When the upper teeth are lost or removed because of decay, infections, or other problems, there’s an extremely thin wall of jawbone separating the mouth from the maxillary sinus. Furthermore, the loss of teeth can also lead to jawbone resorption, which further weakens the bone tissues and makes it difficult to receive dental implants.

A dental implant is a screw-like device drilled into the jawbone of your missing teeth to replace the underlying root. Once an implant is placed, your body stimulates osseointegration, whereby the surrounding jawbone fuses with the implants, making it a firmly rooted part of your anatomy. Without sufficient jawbone, the osseointegration process will fail, making implant placement impossible. A sinus lift improves bone density in the upper jaw and allows you to receive dental implants.

What is a Sinus Lift?

A sinus lift is a bone grafting procedure that aims to raise the sinus floor, stimulate bone regeneration, and improve your candidacy for dental implants. The procedure involves placing bone grafting material above the bony ridge of the gum line in the upper jaw to facilitate the new bone formation, thus improving the conditions for a dental implant. Over time, your body produces new jawbone tissues in the upper jaw between the mouth and the maxillary sinus, so a dental implant can be placed without complications.

The Complete Sinus Lift Process

Dr. Kayvan Fathimani performs a sinus lift after thoroughly evaluating your mouth and jawbone. He uses CT imaging technology to visualize the underlying jawbone and determine if you need a sinus lift for dental implants. The sinus lift procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation to ensure optimal comfort. The surgeon makes a small incision on the premolar or molar region to expose the jawbone, following which the sinus membrane is pushed up.

The surgeon uses bone grafting to fill the space between the jawbone and the sinus cavity. The bone grafting material can be harvested from another part of your body or from other sources, such as bone graft banks and synthetic sources. After placing the bone grafting material in the socket, the surgeon sutures the incisions to initiate the healing process. After several months, your body produces enough jawbone to support a dental implant.

Candidates for Sinus Lifts:

  • Have one or more missing upper teeth in the back of the jaw
  • Have suffered significant bone loss in the upper jaw
  • Have missing teeth because of congenital issues
  • Are missing most of the maxillary teeth
  • Want to receive dental implants to replace missing teeth
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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a multi-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon committed to helping his patients achieve and maintain perfect oral health. He offers personalized treatments to replace missing teeth and restore the functionality of natural teeth. Please schedule a consultation to explore your sinus lift options in Lone Tree, Colorado.

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