The success of a dental implant and its ability to support a dental restoration is very much dependent upon how much bone is available in the site where the implant is placed.
There are a variety of factors that affect the bone volume including periodontal disease, trauma and infection. It is not unusual to open up a site in the mouth for implant placement and find that some of the critical supporting bone is missing. Replacing missing bone or adding to the existing bone is very often essential to the success of a dental implant and the final restoration (implant supported crowns).
At Carolina OMSC we have state of art techniques available to replace missing bone. Using these techniques we can increase the height of bone, the width of bone and fill in all sorts of defects that develop when teeth are lost.
A sinus lift is one of the procedures Dr. Adams uses to increase the availability of bone for maxillary (upper jaw) implants. The back part of the upper jaw is hollow and contains a space called the maxillary sinus cavity. The size of these cavities appears to be genetically pre-determined and varies from patient to patient. Sometimes the sinuses are enlarged and hinder the areas where Dr. Adams wants to place dental implants..
A dental implant cannot be placed in such areas as there would be no bone to hold it in place. When Dr. Adams performs a sinus lift it is to increase the amount of bone in the pre-molar and molar area of the upper. By doing this, Dr. Adams is able to prepare the area for the insertion of one or more dental implants once healing has been completed.