Dental implants are a great option if you’ve lost a tooth and want to restore your smile and confidence. But when you lose a tooth, the jawbone around it can deteriorate, and you might need sinus bone augmentation to create room for a new bone and the implant. The superior providers at Montrose Dental Specialty in Montrose, California, offer effective, pain-free sinus bone augmentation. If you’re planning for a dental implant and want to hear more, reach out today by phone or use the online booking tool.
Sinus bone augmentation is often an earlier step in the multistep process of getting a dental implant. During the procedure, your provider raises your sinus floor to allow new bone to grow for implant placement. You need a sturdy jawbone for an implant to last throughout your life.
Your provider uses bone grafting material, which can be artificial, from a donor, or from your own bone. They place this grafting in the lower section of your sinus cavity, which stimulates new bone to grow.
Once your bone strengthens, your provider can place metal posts into your jawbone. These posts, which will serve as artificial tooth roots, will fuse with your now healthy jawbone. Once fused, an artificial tooth, called a crown, is installed on the post.
Your provider at Montrose Dental Specialty first completes a thorough evaluation of your oral health and takes dental X-rays. They could recommend sinus augmentation if you have less than 4-6 millimeters of bone height in the back of your jaw.
It’s normal for jawbone recession to occur if you’ve lost a tooth and its root. You could also experience jawbone loss if you have gum disease or suffer a tooth injury.
Before the procedure, the team may encourage you to stop smoking and taking specific medications and supplements. If you’re receiving a general anesthetic, you might need to fast beforehand.
At the beginning of the surgery, your provider uses a local anesthetic to numb your mouth and will offer a sedative to calm you.
Your surgeon makes small incisions in your gum tissue to expose the bone. They cut a tiny area of the bone, avoiding your sinus membranes, and lift it into your sinus cavity. They then add bone graft materials to the empty gap and apply sutures to close the incisions in your gums.
Over the next few months, the grafts trigger bone growth, improving the volume and strength of your jawbone.
After the procedure, rest and take the pain medication or antibiotics the team recommends.
It’s normal to take 4-12 months to heal before your provider can place the dental implant. Sometimes, though, they can install the implant during the sinus augmentation.
If you want to book a sinus bone augmentation, call Montrose Dental Specialty today or use the convenient online scheduling tool.