Your sinuses are hollow cavities behind the cheek and above the upper teeth which consist of a boney border and a thin silklike lining on the inside called a membrane. The roots of your upper back teeth extend to either into the sinus cavity or just under it. When teeth are removed the floor of the sinus often migrates downward resulting in a thin wall of bone left between the sinus and the mouth. This thin bone may not be strong enough support a dental implant.
Sinus Augmentation (Elevation) is a procedure that elevates the sinus membrane. Dr. Torabi uses a unique and minimally invasive technique to elevate the sinus membrane; then he places bone graft material which comes from a bone bank onto the sinus floor. This creates space and bone volume for implants of adequate size to be placed either simultaneously or at a later date.
Here are some reasons for Sinus Augmentation:
- Bone loss, this is a common reason due to missing teeth
- Sinuses are to large leaving insufficient room for an implant
- Damaged bone or pathology, such as tumors or cysts
Sinus Augmentation is commonly done with minor side effects and little risk. The benefit is having the ability to place implants where they otherwise could not be placed.
Los Angeles Dental Implant Dentist, Dr. Torabi, serves clients from Brentwood, Los Angeles, West LA, Santa Monica and many other neighboring cities. Many people search for the “best dental implants.” We invite you to call Dr. Cameron Torabi to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Torabi will explain all of the options and features of implant dentistry, so that you can decide what is best for you.