Dental implants are one of the healthiest tooth replacement options for most patients. One essential element for a more successful procedure is jawbone density. The jawbone must have sufficient and high-quality bone in order to provide a sturdy foundation for the dental implant. If bone loss has occurred, other procedures may be necessary in order to improve the odds of a successful procedure.
The pressure of teeth fitting together properly stimulates bone tissue and helps keep all your teeth strong and healthy. When one or more teeth are lost, the bone is stimulated less, and bone loss can occur. When teeth located in the upper arch are lost, the bone tissue along the sinuses can become paper thin.
A sinus lift surgery is designed to raise the sinus floor so that the lost bone tissue can be restored. One of several different techniques may be used. The bone may be exposed and an opening made before bone graft material is placed to stimulate the growth of new bone and soft tissues. Healing can take between four and 12 months. After this period, the bone density will be checked, and if it is sufficient, the dental implants can be placed.
Sinus lift procedures generally involve minimal discomfort, and in some cases, the dental implants can be placed during the procedure. Dental implants have a 15-year success rate that is higher than 90 percent and can provide a durable, lifelong restoration. They can be used with dental crowns, dental bridges or dentures for natural-looking, healthy tooth replacements. Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles dental implant expert, and learn more about your tooth replacement options.