Sinus is empty, air-filled spaces present behind the cheek and above the maxilla (upper jawbone). As teeth get removed from the upper jawbone, what lies is a thin line of tissue that separates the mouth from the sinus.
Restorations would require a stronger layer of bone to hold them in place. Which is why patients would require a sinus augmentation.
What is Sinus Augmentation?
An ample amount of bone tissue must be present in order to fit implants or restorations to replace the lost tooth. Sinus augmentation is a procedure done to strengthen the tissues of the jawbone in situations where they might have worn off due to an injury or disease such as periodontal disease. Loss of bone is generally due to severe diseases of the gums and teeth.
When must one get a Sinus Augmentation?
A patient is likely to get a sinus augmentation when he or she:
- Experiences bone or tooth loss.
- Has deepened roots of the teeth into the sinus membrane.
- Suffered from periodontal disease.
What are the benefits of Sinus Augmentation?
The following are the benefits of a sinus uplift:
- Improved strength of the jawbone.
- Stronger implants and restorations.
- Minimizes faulty implants and repairs.
- Improved stability of the teeth.
- Prevents further deterioration of the jawbone.
What is the procedure for Sinus Augmentation?
Sinus augmentation or sinus uplift is a bone graft procedure done in order to strengthen the tissues of the bone. The bone graft is performed on the sinus membrane on the back of the mouth and above the upper jaw. In situations when the patient requires implants or restorations, it is vital that the jawbone remains strong enough to accommodate and hold them in place. In cases where the bone may have worn off, a sinus uplift is the best remedy.
The procedure for a sinus uplift are:
- Before the procedure, the patient will be administered with anesthesia in order to numb the area of the procedure.
- An incision is carried out in the damaged region of the molars or premolars to expose the jawbone.
- The area of the sinus is gently pushed upwards to create room for bone grafting. Bone grafting is performed to replace the bone that was lost from the jawbone.
- Once the grafts are placed, the sinus membrane will be sutured back to the tissues of the gum.
- The patient will be required to be patient enough for the bone grafts to gradually fuse with the jawbone.
- As they are fused, there will be enough room for implant and restoration procedures.