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Therapy Reconstructive Therapy Sinus Augmentation

As we get older, our sinuses grow larger in volume and literally take away valuable bone from the jaw ridge. This is not a pathological condition; on the contrary, it happens to almost everyone. This process is called Pneumatization of the Para-nasal sinuses.

Once teeth are lost, it makes it difficult, if not impossible, to place implants in that area. For this particular problem a grafting method was developed to literally raise the bottom of the sinus back up, graft bone underneath and, thus, create enough space for one or more dental implants.

To gain enough eight for implants, a bone graft can be placed into the sinus. This graft will serve as a new foundation to place implants.

We can sometimes perform sinus augmentations and implant placement as a single procedure, if enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant. If not enough bone is available, we must perform the sinus augmentation first, then the graft will have to mature for several months (depending on the graft material used). Once the graft has matured, we can place the implants.

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