Are you missing one or more teeth in your upper jaw and have been told that there’s room to place an implant? Some dental implant providers may tell you that your jawbone and sinus cavity are insufficient to support a dental implant. However, at the practice of Dr. Neil S. Stearns, we have the solution in the form of a sinus augmentation. It’s essentially a bone graft for the sinus cavity, giving the dental implant a better foundation in your jaw.
First, let’s take a look at why this is necessary. Some patients may find it hard to believe that they need a dental implant, and easily give up after being told that one cannot be placed in their upper jaw. But it’s important to get a second opinion, as the consequences of not treating the area can spell bad news.
When a patient loses a tooth, it’s a common side effect to experience some jawbone loss. As the jawbone depletes, it causes the surrounding teeth to shift slightly due to the changing bite pressure. Also, it tends to leave the area more prone to disease or infection, especially if not cleaned properly. The jawbone depletion is also responsible for how some patients have that “sunken cheek” look that ages them prematurely.
Overall, as the jawbone depletes, it puts patient’s smiles at risk for losing even more teeth or damaging their jawbones. One of the most popular solutions is dental implants, which can help the jawbone replenish itself. But without some jawbone to begin with, it can be difficult to get the dental implant placed.
Often times, the sinus cavity will not allow enough room for a dental implant to be placed.This is common when dental implants are required in the rear of the upper jaw. Patients who have been advised not to have implants by another dentist will discover that this procedure, in Dr. Stearns’ hands, is now possible.
Dr. Stearns utilizes a state-of-the-art procedure that creates an environment which can support dental implants in this region. A bone graft is placed in the floor of the sinus, which acts to increase the necessary bone required for an implant. The results are great and now it is possible to have a terrific smile even if you had been told by another dentist that the procedure would not be possible because of sinus enlargement and lack of bone.
Dr. Stearns has many years of experience in the placement and maintenance of dental implants for patients like you. If you’ve been told that you cannot have dental implants because of your sinus cavity, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stearns to learn about sinus augmentations. This revolutionary new technique has enabled some patients to receive the dental implants they needed to complete their smiles. During the consultation, Dr. Stearns will evaluate your oral health and the condition of your jawbone and sinus cavity. If you’re considered a candidate for sinus augmentation, then you’re one step closer to having a complete smile once again.