Dental implants are the state-of-the-art when it comes to replacing a missing tooth because they are the most secure artificial teeth that a patient can have. The high degree of security and stability of the new tooth is achieved by implanting the anchor of the tooth directly into 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 tooth is located along the upper jaw, especially in the middle of the mouth there often is not enough bone material left to hold the implant. If the site has insufficient bone material Dr. Marc B. Hertz, DDS may perform a Midwood sinus lift to augment the bone.
Because the top of the upper jaw is adjacent to the sinus cavity on either side of the nose when a tooth is removed the sinus wall remaining is often very thin, when this happens it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone. A Midwood sinus lift or sinus graft is a procedure that is geared towards augmenting the existing bone with enough material to allow successful placement of the implant anchor. 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 separates your sinus from your jaw. This membrane is gently pushed up and away from your jaw.
Our doctor uses granules of bone-graft material that 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. 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 Midwood sinus lift makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants. 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.