A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed.
The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. If you have bone loss in that area due to periodontal disease or tooth removal, you may be left without enough bone to place dental implants.
Sinus augmentation (also known as sinus tap and sinus lift) can correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and rebuilding adequte bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. Doctor Morgan and Lemke often use a minimally invasive technique for sinus augmentation. As your periodontists, they can explain your options for graft materials which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.
Depending on your individual situation, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for four to nine months before implants can be placed. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.