Bone Grafting and Sinus Lift Surgery
If you are considering dental implants, it is important that you have healthy gums, and adequate bone to support the implant. If there is not adequate bone, you may require a sinus lift or a bone graft. Brisbane Dental Implant Group’s maxillofacial surgeon, Dr Ed Hsu, is able to perform these procedures, which then enables Dr Michael Howard to place a dental implant in a site.
What is a sinus lift?
If the upper jaw bone does not have enough height, or the sinuses are located too close to your jawbone, it may be that you will require a sinus lift.
Also known as a sinus augmentation, a sinus lift adds extra bone to your upper jaw between your maxillary sinuses and your jaw. In order to make way for the bone, it is necessary to “lift” the sinus membrane upwards.
The donor bone used for a sinus lift can come from your own body or synthetic material.
What is a bone graft?
If the jaw bone under the site where you require a dental implant is too soft or too thin, it may not be able to support an implant without a bone graft.
Bone grafting is essentially a transplant of the bone tissue, replacing missing bone and helping to rebuild unhealthy or diseased bone. The tissue used for a bone graft can come from your own body, or synthetic material. Provided the graft is ‘taken’ by your body, the bone graft is then able to grow new, living bone.
How long will it take to heal?
The healing process following a sinus lift or bone graft generally takes a couple of months. Implants are generally able to be placed four to nine months after the procedure.
Sinus lifts and bone grafts Brisbane
If you require a bone graft or a sinus lift, the specifics of the procedure will depend on your unique circumstances. Dr Hsu will be able to assess your needs, and ensure you receive the treatment which will give your graft or lift the very best chance to be accepted by your body.