For patients to experience a successful dental implant procedure, the quantity and quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed must meet certain standards before the surgery can take place. Often, Dr. Scherer meets with prospective patients who require some pre-surgeries before they will be considered eligible to receive dental implants. The upper jawbone is often one of those areas requiring attention, as it is one of the most difficult places to place dental implants successfully.
Unfortunately, many men and women have insufficient upper jawbone tissue, which is too close to the sinus cavity. In order to prepare this jawbone for the successful implantation of dental implants, Dr. Scherer must perform a sinus lift. Keep reading, and we will further discuss this procedure and help you understand why you would need one.
What Is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is a type of bone graft that Dr. Scherer uses to help strengthen the upper jaw beneath the sinus cavity. The sinus cavity is located behind the cheeks and above the upper row of teeth. For patients who have healthy teeth, the natural tooth roots extend into the sinus cavity. When patients experience tooth loss, the upper jawbone can begin to deteriorate in this area, leaving only a small strip of tissue separating the mouth and the sinus cavity.
For these patients, Dr. Scherer can perform a sinus lift to help patients rebuild bone in that area. By taking bone from another area of the body, a bone donor, or a synthetic compound, Dr. Scherer can encourage bone growth by placing the donor bone above and below the thin layer of tissue in the jaw. A sinus lift gives patients enough bone density in the upper jawbone so they can successfully receive dental implants.
Reasons Why You May Need a Sinus Lift
A sinus lift can be a great pre-surgery for patients who want dental implants, but still may be suffering from the following issues:
- The sinus cavity is too close to the upper jaw and might interfere with the implants
- Tooth loss has resulted in bone loss as well
- Loss of bone because of gum disease
- Loss of the back upper molars, which is an area that naturally has less bone, to begin with
- Congenital birth defects or other conditions which lead to a loss of bone structure
The only way to know if you require a sinus lift prior to your dental implant placement is to visit Dr. Scherer at Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center. During your consultation, Dr. Scherer will thoroughly examine your mouth, take x-rays and other needed images to have a good idea of what is lying beneath the surface of your mouth, truly see the quality of your jawbone, determine how close the sinus cavities are to the bone, and assess your overall oral health.
Dr. Scherer Takes Great Care With Every Patient He Sees
Dr. Scherer and his team are highly trained and qualified to provide patients with safe and effective surgical results every time. If you’re considering dental implants, but aren’t sure if you have adequate jawbone tissue, let Dr. Scherer help. He will be able to determine whether or not you need a sinus lift prior to surgery, and he will be with you every step of the way.
To get started, call his office today at (630) 364-2888 to book your initial sinus lift consultation.