Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. In some cases however, there may be inadequate bone thickness below the sinus
to support the placement of a dental implant.
A sinus augmentation increases the bone thickness between the sinus floor and the oral cavity. This procedure requires the use of a bone
graft to increase the bone thickness. Sinus augmentation involves lifting the sinus floor to make space for a bone graft. As the sinus
floor is lifted, the space below it is filled with a bone graft to thicken the bone below the sinus cavity.
This procedure makes it possible to place a dental implant in cases where an implant would otherwise not be possible. An implant is
the best possible option for tooth replacement.
Sinus augmentation requires a healing period of about 6 months before the implant can be placed. During this waiting period another type
of temporary tooth replacement can be used.
The alternative is to use another type of tooth replacement such as a bridge or denture.