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Dr. Kenneth Klonsky
Oral Surgery/Implants/Periodontist

Sinus Augmentation

A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root which is attached to the jaw bone.  Eventually, a replacement tooth or bridge will be firmly fixed to this "root", restoring complete function to this area of the mouth.  The key to a successful and long-lasting implant is the quality and quantity of jawbone to which the implant will be attached.  If bone has been lost due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation.

In the most common sinus augmentation technique, a tiny incision is made near the upper premolar or molar region to expose the jawbone.  A small opening is cut into the bone and the membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the opening is gently pushed upward.  The underlying space is filled with bone graft material and the incision is closed.  The bone which is used for this procedure may be from a cow or from a cadaver.  The implants are usually placed after healing has occurred; this will depend on the individual case.  Sinus augmentation has been shown to significantly increase the success of dental implant procedures.

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