What If The Sinus Is An Issue?
The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Sinuses are like empty rooms that have nothing in them. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the sinus and the mouth. Dental implants require bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants securely in this thin bone.
There is a solution to this called a sinus graft. The dental implant surgeon places a bone graft to partially fill the sinus space. Enough bone is placed to then serve as a firm foundation for implants.
After several months, the bone is dense enough to place implants securely, as the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw.
This sinus graft procedure makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants replacing lost natural teeth, in the past there was no other option other than wearing dentures for life.