Bone grafting and sinus lifts are surgical procedures often used to help prepare the gum and jaw for dental implants or other reconstructive treatments. These procedures are often referred to as supplementary treatments and can help improve a person’s chances of having a successful dental implant procedure.
Bone grafting is recommended for individuals who have experienced jawbone deterioration due to missing teeth in the smile. When teeth go missing, the jawbone loses important stimulation, which is needed to keep the bone strong and healthy. The longer the gums go without teeth, the higher the risk for bone deterioration.
If a patient lacks sufficient bone mass, bone grafting can help reverse deterioration. The procedure consists of using donated and grafted bone tissue to help restore the jawbone back to its natural strength. Once the grafts have been surgically placed they’ll be given time to heal and bond with the jaw.
A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jawbone in an attempt to improve the chances for dental implants. Often when teeth are missing from the upper arch, the sinuses enlarge. This makes it difficult to successfully replace teeth in the upper arch. Sinus lifts adds tissue to the deficient area so that dental implants can be placed.
When Should I Consider Treatment
If you have suffered from jawbone deterioration, schedule a consultation with our Prescott Valley dentists. Dr. Larson will perform an in-depth examination of your mouth and determine whether a supplementary treatment is needed for dental implants.
Reasons for bone grafting or sinus lift treatment include:
- Extensive loss of bone density
- Prolonged denture use
- Tooth loss
- Lack of sufficient bone
- Gum disease
If Dr. Larson determines that treatment is needed before implant placement he’ll advise you on the best course of treatment. Seeking professional attention can help get you the treatment your mouth needs to remain healthy.