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The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper back teeth. Sinuses are like empty spaces that have nothing in them. Some of the roots of the upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus from the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus is thin, it is impossible to place dental implants.
The solution to this problem is called a sinus augmentation or sinus lift graft. Dr. Meltzer enters the sinus by creating a small window near the place where the upper teeth used to be. The sinus membrane is then lifted upward and donor bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus, pushing the sinus back where it used to be. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patient's jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new bone.
The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants.
If a limited quantity of bone exists between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus to initially stabilize the implant, then, sinus augmentations and implant placement can be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available to provide limited initial stability, then, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed first, followed several months later by implant placement.
Sinus Augmentation in Voorhees, South Jersey
The goal with a sinus augmentation is to graft extra bone into the maxillary sinus, so more bone is available to support a dental implant. A sinus lift is often required as a first step when placing a dental implant in the back of your upper jaw. Dr. Alan Meltzer is a board certified periodontist, that specializes in dental implants in Voorhees, New Jersey. Dr. Meltzer's training and board certifications attest to his knowledge, his reputation is based upon his outstanding clinical skill and patient care. He has been featured in New Jersey Magazine as a Top Dentist and Dentistry Today magazine as one of the Top 100 international leaders in dentistry.