Do I have enough bone for a dental implant?

To make implantation possible, bone grafting in the sinus cavities is occasionally necessary. Dr. William Campbell can perform a sinus grafting procedure in these instances to correct any problems. The trouble is often sparked by the size, shape or placement of the sinuses, which causes them to encroach on the space in the jaw bone normally reserved for teeth. With a sinus graft, Dr. Campbell can increase the amount of bone and create more room for placing implants. Sinus grafts are usually performed in the office under local anesthesia, sometimes with the addition of sedation.

The longer a tooth has been missing, the greater the likelihood that the bone has weakened or receded in that spot. When this occurs, Dr. Campbell will perform a bone graft to reverse the problem and allow implantation. Bone grafting is a simple office procedure that makes a huge difference in our ability to treat patients in the ideal manner. The bone for a graft can be harvested from many sources, including your very own body. Healing usually takes less than six month and then the jaw bone is ready to support dental implants.

Bone grafting for sinus cavities

You may also need bone grafting if the sinus cavities in your upper jaw are very large, or very low, and extend into the tooth-bearing areas. This often occurs when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw have been removed many years before, and the amount of bone available for implant placement is limited. A “sinus grafting procedure” is then required. Most often, it is performed in the office with local anesthesia and perhaps sedation. During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed. This procedure often can be performed at the time of implant placement.