When a patient loses teeth the best way to replace those teeth is through the use of dental implants. Implants are artificial teeth that are anchored to and eventually become a part of the jawbone. When an implant is the treatment of choice for tooth replacement it is necessary to have sufficient bone material at the site to support the implant. If the site with insufficient bone material is in the upper jaw our doctor, Dr. Marc B. Hertz, DDS may perform a Flatbush sinus lift to augment the bone.
The top of the upper jaw is adjacent to the sinuses on either side of the nose. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone. There is a solution called a sinus graft or Flatbush sinus lift graft. During this procedure, Dr. Hertz enters the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be. The membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the window separates your sinus from your jaw. This membrane is gently pushed up and away from your jaw.
Granules of bone-graft material are then packed into the space where the sinus was. The amount of bone used will vary, but usually several millimeters of bone is added above the jaw. Once the bone is in place, the tissue is closed with stitches. Keep in mind that the floor of the sinus is the roof of the upper jaw. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new sinus bone. The Flatbush sinus lift makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option other than wearing loose dentures. If you have missing teeth please call our office to discuss how dental implants can be used to return your smile to its full potential.