Bone Graft & Sinus Lift
So far we have covered the building blocks that are part of routine implant placement. This has included the initial examination and diagnosis, special x-rays such as a CT scan, sedation during surgery and what to expect after the implants have been placed. However, for some people, bone loss after the removal or loss of teeth leaves them without enough to secure an implant.
Sinus augmentation – in the upper jaw above the back teeth, it is possible to increase the height of bone available by creating new bone in the sinus. This procedure is called a ‘sinus augmentation’ and can allow very predictable results. Without the general success of this technique many patients would be unable to have implants in a part of the mouth where teeth are so commonly missing.