Sinus Graft/Lift

What is a Sinus Lift?

This procedure involves grafting bone to the upper jaw in the area near to the back teeth. A sinus lift may also be called a sinus augmentation. During this procedure we will add bone to the area in between the jaw and the sinuses which are located each side of the nose. To do this the sinus membrane has to be lifted out of the way, creating additional space for the bone.

Why is this Necessary?

A patient may need to have a sinus lift if they are considering dental implants to replace one or more of the back teeth. Sinus lifts are very common as there is often insufficient bone in this area, or it could be that the sinuses are too close to the jaw to enable dental implants to be successfully placed. Bone loss can occur in this area, particularly if teeth were lost quite some time ago and where the bone has been reabsorbed, or in someone who has had significant periodontal disease (gum disease) that has destroyed some of the bone in the jaw.

Will This Lengthen Dental Implant Treatment?

It might do as sometimes the additional bone will be placed in a separate procedure, prior to having dental implants, while other times it might be possible for the bone to be placed at the same time as an implant. Every case is different and Dr Khaled carefully assesses each patient’s jawbone and at this stage will be able to estimate how long treatment is expected to take.

Zygomatic Dental Implants

Zygomatic dental implants can provide an alternative for patients who have been told they are not suitable for dental implants due to a lack of bone in the upper jaw. The bone may have been reabsorbed or destroyed through advanced gum disease.

Zygomatic dental implants can provide an alternative for patients who have been told they are not suitable for dental implants due to a lack of bone in the upper jaw. The bone may have been reabsorbed or destroyed through advanced gum disease.

This type of implant can sometimes be used instead of bone grafting and was developed by Professor Brnemark who was highly respected in this field. Professor Brnemark found that the zygomatic bone had consistently good density and volume and is able to support dental implants. In this treatment, zygomatic dental implants are inserted into the zygomatic bone towards the back of the upper jaw, as well as two to four dental implants towards the front of the jawbone.

For more information, please speak to our friendly dental team on (07) 4191 4787 or visit us at 8/6-8 Liuzzi St, Pialba Hervey Bay QLD 4655.