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Sinus Graft

For many patients, the whole reason for seeking implant dentistry is because they have been suffering from missing teeth. Often, patients have had large gaps for many, many years.

The main job of your jawbone is to hold your teeth in place, once teeth have been lost, the bone underneath will start to shrink away or recede, really quite rapidly.

For some patients, bone may have receded to such an extent that it makes it very difficult to undergo implant treatment and facial appearance/contours can alter quite dramatically.
In such cases, Dr Styger will recommend that we carry out a ‘Sinus Graft’ (also known as a ‘lift’ or ‘augmentation’). A sinus graft is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. The surgery is very precise and requires a great amount of skill and expertise, but the great thing for patients is that it means we can create additional height and width of jawbone into which we can place implants.

  • Prior to the procedure, a number of tests will be run to ensure the suitability of the sinuses, which may include panoramic radio scans and CT scans.
  • Similarly to a bone graft procedure, there are several options for the new bone material: from the patient, from other tissue sources (human or animal), or synthetic. Your dentist will advise which will be best for you.
  • The sinus lift procedure will be performed by the dentist under conscious sedation in most cases.
  • After a healing time of approximately 3-4 months the bone will be ready for us to place implants.
  • Sometimes, if we consider the graft to be a minor procedure, we can place the bone and the implants on the sameday!

A sinus lift is a safe and clinically proven procedure and when completed with expertise and care it will provide the best, most stable base for life changing implant surgery. As with any surgical procedure, at our practice we ensure that you understand all aftercare instructions and will check back with you regularly to ensure the healing is going smoothly.

Life benefits:

  • A more youthful appearance will give you your confidence back
  • A second chance at the comfort and security of dental implants

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