Sinus Augmentation

Sinus Lift Santa Monica - Sinus Augmentation

The key to a successful and long-lasting implant is the quality and quantity of jawbone to which the implant will be attached. A sinus lift, or sinus floor augmentation, is performed to add bone tissue to the upper jaw to avoid disrupting the sinus cavity with dental implants. Following tooth loss in the upper jaw, the bone tissue will recede, allowing the sinus cavity to drop into the void. By raising the sinus membrane to its proper position and adding bone tissue underneath, our Santa Monica periodontal team can help you safely experience the many benefits of dental implants.  

In the most common sinus augmentation technique, a tiny incision is made near the upper premolar or molar region to expose the jawbone.  A small opening is cut into the bone and the membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the opening is gently pushed upward.  The underlying space is filled with bone graft material and the incision is closed.  The bone which is used for this procedure may be from your own body, bovine bone or from donor bone.  Sometimes the dentist might use synthetic materials which can also stimulate bone formation.  The implants are placed after healing has occurred; this will depend on the individual case.  Sinus augmentation has been shown to increase the success of dental implant procedures.

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