Dental implants are ideal solutions for missing teeth problems. The implants are embedded directly into the jawbone, providing a steady base where dental crowns or a fixed dental bridge can then be attached to. The implants also replace the role of lost tooth roots in stimulating the jawbone, so that the bone stays healthy and does not undergo bone thinning or bone deterioration.
An implant treatment needs a healthy jawbone structure so that the implants can successfully be placed. If the jawbone is thin or has deteriorated due to a variety of reasons (such as long-term tooth loss), the placement of implants can be very difficult or impossible to do. Sinus grafting is an advanced technique which is necessary for improving the quality of the upper jawbone, so that implants can be placed without difficulties and complications.
Improving the quality of the upper jawbone prior to an implant treatment can be done with the use of a sinus lift. This procedure involves the lifting of the sinus membrane or lining to gain access to the area where the bone grafting material can be placed. This grafting material will be left to integrate with the surrounding tissue, and will augment the height of the existing jawbone so that implants can then successfully be placed. Teeth restorations such as dental bridge or a dental crown will be attached to the implants after the corresponding healing period.