Bone Grafts and Sinus Lifts

In a perfect world, we will have a mouth full of healthy teeth for our entire lives. But things don’t always work that way, and we might lose one or more teeth for a variety of reasons.

If you have thought about replacement options, you probably already know that a dental implant is considered to be the best replacement for missing teeth. Dental implant recipients have called them life-changing!

But what if your dentist tells you dental implants are not an option because your jawbone cannot support an implant? You can try to get implants anyway, but there is a good chance the implants will not “take.”

The good news is that you might still have some options with another dental procedure before implant placement. A bone graft or sinus lift might make your jawbone strong enough so you can successfully have dental implants placed.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Burnham or Dr. Anne Stearns of Burnham Oral Surgery in Thornton. After an examination of your oral health, they can determine whether a bone graft or sinus lift procedure might be an option for you.

Bone Grafts

When teeth are missing, as time goes on, the jawbone that once supported these teeth is reabsorbed because the body no longer sends nutrients to the area. When the jawbone diminishes in this way, the quality of the bone is generally not suitable for placement of dental implants.

Bone grafting means not only can bone be replaced where it is missing, but the growth of new bone is promoted. For this procedure, the bone will either be taken from another part of your body, or we may opt to use a bone grafting material to strengthen your jawbone.

Once the graft takes hold and your jawbone becomes stronger, you will be able to proceed with the dental implant procedure.

Sinus Lifts

Placing dental implants into the back upper jaw is complex in the best of circumstances. There is often insufficient bone in the area because it is located so close to the sinus, and what is there is often not of enough quality to successfully integrate the dental implant. Patients who have lost even more bone in the area because of missing teeth or periodontal disease will not be eligible for dental implants.

With the sinus lift procedure, however, patients have new hope. In the process, the sinus floor is raised so new bone can form.

There are several different techniques that might be used, depending on your situation. One procedure lifts a portion of the bone into the sinus cavity, adding bone grafting material to fill the space below it. After several months of healing, your Thornton oral surgeon will assess whether there is enough bone to place dental implants.

Contact Burnham Oral Surgery for a Consultation

Come in to talk about how these procedures can make dental implants a possibility. Give us a call today or click the link to schedule an appointment!