Dental implants offer the best chance to replace missing teeth — they look, function, and feel indistinguishable from natural teeth. But to receive dental implants, you must have enough bone density, which may not always be available. Dr. Fathimani performs a sinus lift in the upper jaws to stimulate bone regeneration and create the conditions for dental implants.
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.
Schedule Your Consultation
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.