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Sinus Augmentation

Loss of posterior teeth may result in excessive forces iStock_000002879017XSmall.jpgbeing placed on your remaining teeth. Fortunately, the use of dental implants and crowns allow you to replace these missing teeth. However, the position of the sinus in the upper posterior areas may be too low for proper placement of dental implants.

A simple procedure allows the sinus floor to be re-positioned, creating enough space to properly place an implant. Various grafting materials are used to encourage your bone to grow more quickly into the area, helping to stabilize the dental implant. Replace with your own bone in this area the grafting material as it grows into the area.

Under certain conditions, an even simpler procedure can be utilized. When possible, the bone remaining under the sinus floor is gently “pushed up”, thus lifting the floor of the “dropped” sinus. Bone replacement materials are then placed beneath this lifted bone. Once again the bone materials are replaced as your body grow new bone into this area.

Sinus augmentation procedures are highly predictable, with studies reporting over 95% success. Following sufficient healing of a sinus augmentation (6-10 months), implants are placed in a predictable and successful manner. It is important to realize that if the sinus augmentation procedure does not result in enough bone for implant placement, additional bone may be regenerated through a second sinus augmentation procedure at the time of implant placement.

gluckMeet Dr. Gluck: Dr. Joseph Gluck performs all periodontal services at Big City Dental. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 with a doctorate in dentistry, where he received the Student Periodontal Achievement award and the Oral Pathology award. His research in the Department of Oral Pathology has been published in the Journal of Dental Research. He received his specialty certificate in periodontics from the University of Illinois in 1991. In addition to his private practice, he is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois where he supervises students in the postgraduate periodontal clinic.

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