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What is Sinus Augmentation?
Sinus augmentation, also known as sinus lifts, is used to prepare the upper jaw for implant placement. A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality, and the close proximity to the sinus. If you've lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants.
How is Sinus Lift Surgery Performed?
If you don't have enough bone to place implants, sinus lift surgery can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. Your provider can explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.
How Can Sinus Augmentation Help Me?
Depending on your individual needs, bone usually will be allowed to develop for about 4 to 12 months before implants can be placed after sinus lift surgery. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.
Undergoing sinus lift surgery has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Our providers are very skilled in sinus augmentation and will keep you informed to ensure you feel confident and at ease every step of the way. Plus with our variety of sedation options, we can help you feel comfortable throughout the entire treatment. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure and some soreness for a few days after the procedure is normal.
For more information on Snohomish sinus lifts, please contact Bickford Family Dental Care at (425) 374-8451 to schedule an appointment!