Replacing Lost Bone in Upper Molar and Premolar Sites
Bone loss is certainly cause for concern, especially when it comes to replacing missing teeth in the premolar and molar areas of the upper jaw. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants in these sites is often challenging, due to insufficient bone, bone deterioration and shrinkage, and the proximity of this area to the maxillary sinus. A sinus lift (sinus augmentation) can create the space needed to allow for proper implant placement, restoring function, esthetics and confidence to your smile.
What causes bone loss in the upper jaw?
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Injury or trauma
- Tooth loss
- Enlargement of sinus cavities (following tooth loss)
Preparing for Implants in the Presence of Bone Loss
Dental implants are a permanent option for tooth replacement, but need a certain level and quality of bone to be successful and maintained. A sinus lift elevates the floor of the sinus cavity, adding bone tissue to increase bone density and height. This also enables proper integration and stability between implants and surrounding bone. If you have experienced bone deterioration after losing an upper premolar or molar tooth, a sinus lift is likely the first step in preparing for tooth replacement with an implant.
Dr. David Campbell, Dr. James Belcher and Dr. Alex Podaru have a combined practice experience of over 60 years, and are dedicated to offering personalized service, where you and your needs come first. Your oral health and smile are extremely important to us, and we proudly deliver the treatment you need for quality, confident living. A private consultation will determine if a sinus lift is the best course of action for your smile.