Periodontal Sinus Augmentation Procedures

Sinus Augmentation and Dental Surgery Austin TXOne of the many periodontal procedures we perform at Dental Implants of Austin is the sinus augmentation.   The maxillary sinus is a space that resides above the upper back teeth.  This sinus is in very close proximity to the upper teeth or sometimes as teeth are lost the sinus grows larger, leaving inadequate bone for implant placement.  During a sinus augmentation, the space is decreased by adding bone to the floor of the sinus.  This is a routine procedure, commonly required due to normal human anatomy.

What is a sinus augmentation?

Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots attached to the jaw bone.  Once the implant is attached, a replacement tooth or bridge must be firmly fixed to it to restore complete function.  The key to a successful and long-lasting implant is the quality and quantity of jawbone to which the implant will be secured.   A sinus augmentation raises the sinus floor so that there is adequate bone to anchor the new implant.

What is involved in the procedure?

The most common sinus augmentation technique involves pushing the gum back to expose the jawbone.   The underlying space is then filled with bone graft to stimulate bone formation, and most of the time the implant is placed at the same time.

How can I learn more?

Contact Dental Implants of Austin today to find out more about this common dental implant and periodontal procedure and proper oral hygeine.