Part of a successful dental implant surgery relies on the quality of the jawbone. When teeth are lost in the upper back portion of your jaw, this bone resorbs and the sinus expands downward. It may be too difficult or unsafe to place a dental implant without harming the sinus membrane. Thankfully, a procedure exists that can correct this problem and qualify a patient for dental implants—a sinus lift. One of the more complex oral surgeries, sinus lifts should be completed by a trained specialist for best results.
Understanding the Sinus Lift Procedure
A thin layer of bone is all that separates your mouth from the sinus cavity. If you have low sinuses or teeth in this area are lost, this sinus wall is too thin for dental implants. A sinus lift is often completed to establish proper bone height and volume. During the procedure, the sinus membrane is gently lifted so bone grafts can be inserted beneath. This graft and natural bone will integrate and provide the necessary bone quality to safely place an implant.
Why See a Specialist for a Sinus Lift?
Like any complex surgery, there are some risks involved and the chances of these problems arising are significantly increased if the procedure is not completed by an expert. While there are dentists who have trained in sinus lift surgery, it is unlikely that they complete these procedures regularly. This puts patients at a greater risk for serious problems, including sinus infection, membrane perforation, and chronic sinusitis.
As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson has completed extensive training in surgeries related to missing teeth and bone loss, including sinus lifts. Additionally, she has exceeded the requirements of her field to obtain high credentialing and recognition from the American Academy of Periodontology. With experience in advanced techniques and routine completion of this procedure, she has the expertise to provide safe and effective treatment that can qualify you for dental implants.
The Advantages of Seeing Dr. Anderson
• Specialized care from a board-certified periodontist
• Unique and minimally invasive surgical techniques
• Minimal risk of infection or post-operative complications
• Predictable surgery to qualify for dental implants
Experiencing Tooth and Bone Loss?
With the expertise of Dr. Anderson, you can qualify for dental implants, even if you have extensive bone loss in your upper jaw! Schedule your sinus lift consultation at Anderson Periodontal Wellness online or by calling (248) 480-4910 today.