If you’re about to have a dental implant here in Perth, there’s a very small chance that you may need a bone graft or a sinus lift. Some people, for a variety of reasons, including different bone structures, long-term tooth loss, gum disease or live sinus cavities are left with insufficient bone for implant placement.
What is a bone graft?
Bone grafting is required when there is not enough bone tissue in the jaw to support an implant. Your jaw may be lacking in height or width – or even both. If this is the case, you’ll need a procedure to “build” more bone into the required area.
A bone grafting procedure is fairly straightforward. However, there are various techniques and materials used for the procedure. Bone may be taken from your body, or it may be taken from a donor (cadaver). Alternatively, “off-the-shelf” grafting materials may be used.
After your bone grafting procedure, you’ll have to wait anywhere between four to nine months before implants are placed.
What is a sinus lift?
A sinus lift (AKA sinus augmentation) is a straightforward procedure that increases the amount of bone in the upper jaw area (in the area of your molars and premolars) needed to place an implant. To add bone this area the sinus membrane must first be lifted.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a periodontist will be required to perform the surgery. As with the bone graft, you’ll have to wait 4 to 9 months before proceeding with implant surgery.
It’s important to note that only a small percentage of patients require either of these procedures. Most individuals have enough bone for implant surgery.