When a patient does not have enough height in the upper jaw or has sinuses that are too close to the jaw, dental implants cannot be placed. If this is the case, Dr. Kamy Noruzi may recommend a sinus lift in Geneva, Illinois. A sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, adds bone to the upper jaw around the molars and premolars. The sinus membrane is lifted to allow room for the added bone.
Sinus augmentation uses bone from your own body, from a cadaver, or from cow bone. If your own bone is used, it will be taken from your mouth or body. Often, the bone is taken from your hip or tibia, which is the bone under the knee. Our periodontist will take X-rays so he can study your jaw and sinus. Our periodontist will cut the gum tissues by the back teeth. This tissue is raised out of the way to expose the bone. A small window is opened in your bone. The membrane on the other side of the window separates your sinus from your jaw. Our periodontist will gently push this membrane up and away from the jaw. Bone graft material is packed into the space where the sinus was. The tissues are then closed with stitches and your implants will be placed after four to nine months.
To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact Fox River Periodontics, PC today.