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Don't Have Enough Bone For Dental Implants? A Sinus Lift Can Help!

Sinus Lift in Lewis Center & Columbus, OH

Patients who have lost teeth in the upper premolar or molar areas of the jaw often require a sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, in order to have dental implants placed. This can be due to circumstances in which the bone in the area where teeth are missing naturally beings to shrink or resorb over time, the roots of the teeth were originally positioned either very close to or within the sinus cavity, or the vertical height of the bone is not sufficient enough to support an implant. As a result of bone loss, the sinuses can expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be. With insufficient bone to securely place a dental implant, a sinus lift is necessary to move the sinus away from the roots of the teeth or to create additional bone in the area. 

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Why Do I Need a Sinus Lift?

Patients who have lost teeth in the upper premolar or molar areas of the jaw often require a sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, in order to have dental implants placed.

As a result of bone loss, the sinuses can expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be. With insufficient bone to securely place a dental implant, a sinus lift is necessary to move the sinus away from the roots of the teeth or to create additional bone in the area.

The Benefits of a Crown Include:

  • Enhancing your appearance
  • Covering discolored teeth
  • Attaching a dental bridge
  • Holding a filling in place
  • To protect a weak or cracked tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To strengthen the teeth
  • To restore a tooth to its natural shape and size

How to Know if You May Need a Dental Crown

  • You have weak teeth (i.e.: from decay)
  • To prevent teeth from breaking or cracking
  • You have teeth that are severely worn down or already broken
  • You need a large filling
  • You need a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth
  • Your teeth are misshapen or discolored
  • You have a root canal
  • To restore a tooth to its natural shape and size

The Sinus Lift The Procedure

There are two forms of sinus lift procedures. The form that you receive depends upon your individual needs and the amount of bone that is present. Your doctor will discuss your options prior to the procedure.

Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the site. In one form of the sinus lift procedure, the doctor will create a small opening in the bone to access the sinus cavity. Using a small instrument, the doctor will gently lift the sinus into a more favorable position. This procedure helps to encourage natural bone growth to fill the space created, but a bone grafting material is often placed beneath the newly raised sinus cavity along the existing bone. This grafting material will then mesh with your existing bone, thus creating more bone.

A second form of the sinus lift, or augmentation, procedure involves gaining access to the sinus cavity through an opening created in the bone. Bone is grafted to the floor of the sinus to increase the bone height. The sinus is not actually lifted in this case, but rather filled in a bit to increase the bone to a sufficient thickness that can support an implant.

After the Procedure

 

You will usually require between four and nine months to heal completely from the sinus lift procedure before dental implants can be placed. This increase in bone will compensate for bone that has been lost or was not present to begin with and will allow for one or more implants to be placed. Without this procedure, some patients will not qualify for dental implants in the upper premolar or molar regions of the mouth.

Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Tooth decay is not the only reason you might need a crown. Other reasons may include:
  • To keep teeth from fracturing or breaking. When a tooth is cracked, a dental crown can be used to strengthen it and keep it from breaking completely.
  • To restore teeth affected by tooth decay. When tooth decay is extensive, and damages a great deal of tooth structure, a filling is often not enough to provide needed support. A dental crown can be placed to hold the tooth together and restore it to health.
  • Your teeth are discolored or not shaped correctly. Crowns can be shaded and shaped to any specifications, which offers an excellent means of creating a bright, uniform smile.
  • You have severely worn teeth. Dental crowns can be used to rebuild your teeth and restore a functional bite.
  • You have had a root canal. Root canals weaken a tooth (but are at times necessary to save it). A dental crown is typically needed to restore and maintain your tooth’s strength and function after this procedure.

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