Are you missing teeth on the upper portion of your jaw? Are you considering dental implants as a method of replacement? Our Brownsville oral surgeon, Dr. Marc B. Hertz, assists patients with their dental implants often, and would love to do the same for you. Dental implants are an excellent restorative option because they provide patients with replacement teeth that function and appear just like natural teeth. However, if you need your upper teeth to be replaced, some preliminary procedures are sometimes necessary before the actual dental implant process can begin. When upper teeth are removed or fall out, in many cases there is only a very thin wall of bone that separates the maxillary sinus and the mouth itself.
Because dental implants need sufficient bone mass to keep them held securely in place, this thin wall is usually not enough for the procedure to be carried out successfully. If our Brownsville oral surgeon encounters this problem with patients, we will often recommend a procedure known as a sinus lift graft. During a sinus lift graft, we will first enter the sinus area from the space of your missing upper teeth. We will then lift the sinus membrane upward and insert donor bone matter into the floor of the sinus—which is the roof of the upper jaw. You will then need to take several months to allow the area to heal. Over this period of time, the donor bone will begin to become integrated with the natural bone in your jaw, allowing a sturdy and reliable foundation for your new dental implants to be attached. Then we will be able to begin the dental implant restoration and start replacing your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about sinus lift grafts or any of the other many services provided by our Brownsville oral surgeon, we encourage you to visit Dr. Hertz’s main website and browse through the additional information provided there. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our Brownsville oral surgeon, do not hesitate to contact our friendly team of staff either by phone or online. We look forward to working with you.