When insufficient bone is present, your dentist may recommend bone grafting or a sinus lift to improve bone structure. As with any dental surgery, our dentists will ensure your comfort with the use of local anaesthetic. In addition, we also offer oral sedation and IV sedation for the peace of mind of anxious patients.
Both bone grafting and sinus lift procedures require additional bone placement from one of four sources:
- Bone from another area of your own body (autogenous)
- Bone from a cadaver (allogenic)
- Bone from a cow (xenograft)
- Bone from a synthetic source
Four main types of bone grafting are possible.
Socket graft – Places bone directly into the socket upon extraction to bolster or preserve bone structure.
Sinus lift – Sinus lift procedures combine lifting the sinus membrane with a bone graft to increase the bone in the upper jaw and eliminate the danger of sinus perforation in the dental implant placement process.
Bone grafts and sinus lifts will integrate with the jawbone over a period of 4-6 months when dental implant placement then becomes possible. Since everyone heals differently, your dentist will monitor your progress closely.
Lateral ridge preservation – Lateral ridge preservation increases the width of the jaw bone to accommodate dental implants.
Block bone graft – Block bone grafting utilises bone from another area of the jaw to repair major bone defects for dental implant placement. Block bone grafts are held in place with tiny screws until the bone fully integrates.
People who have bone loss due to genetics, age or tooth loss opt for bone grafts and sinus lifts to make dental implant procedures possible. At LN Dental Centre, we offer a variety of dental implant procedures depending on your specific needs.
- Single dental implants
- Multiple dental implants
- Implant-supported dental bridges
- Implant-supported dentures
- All-on-4, or All-on-X, dental implants to support an entire arch of teeth
If you are looking for a tooth-replacement option that is reliable and stable, contact our dental clinic to arrange a booking for a dental implant evaluation.
Bone grafting and sinus lift procedures are recommended for patients with bone loss due primarily to the following conditions:
- Genetic bone development abnormalities
- Bone loss due to tooth loss
- Bone loss due to infection (periodontal) disease
- Bone loss due to dental extraction
- Bone loss associated with aging
Both bone grafts and sinus lifts make it possible for patients who would otherwise not be good candidates for dental implant treatment to replace missing teeth.
Many patients prefer dental implants over other tooth-replacement options because of their longevity and stability. Bone loss occurs any time a tooth is lost or extracted. If an infection is present prior to tooth loss, bone loss occurs at an even faster rate.
Bone grafting or sinus lifts are viable options for patients who want dental implant-supported bridges or dentures to eliminate slipping or falling dentures. Dental implants can improve both dietary choices and the flavour of food and beverages since dental implant dentures have a smaller profile and will not shift or slip when chewing.
Patients who want bone grafting or sinus lift procedures for dental implants need a commitment to exceptional oral hygiene and avoiding habits like smoking, reducing the success rate for bone grafting and sinus lifts and, therefore, dental implant success rates.
The process of having dental implants put in requires surgery, and that means that it will almost invariably cost more to have done. Many patients question why the cost of dental implants is so expensive. However, we encourage you to consider that a dental implant is a permanent solution that can last you a lifetime if cared for properly. The initial up-front cost does not appear so high when compared to the cost and inconvenience of repeated treatments of different varieties.
At LN Dental, we provide dentistry with heart and focus on the wellbeing of our patients throughout treatment. Our experienced practitioners are with you every step of the way, and we are proud to offer high-quality affordable dental implants in Sydney.
If you are interested in learning whether you are a candidate for dental implants or have questions about bone grafting and sinus lift procedures, we invite you to call LN Dental Centre to arrange an evaluation with one of our experienced dentists. To get in touch, give us a call at (02) 9644 1499 or book an appointment today!