There is a large bone defect in the upper jaw close to maxillary sinuses. Sinus lift.
If a bone defect is in the upper arch and close to your sinuses - a sinus lift may be needed to enable future restoration with implant. A sinus lift is a procedure similar to the bone augmentation but it also involves building up bone vertically to increase the dimension of bone available and “pushing up” of the sinus to create enough space for the future implant screw. It is necessary so the tip of the implant will not perforate the sinus or will not be in close contact with it. Ensuring this prevents any potential infections that may be caused by the sinus or by the implant and therefore affect each other and the patient’s health in an adverse way. This is a critical factor in the longevity and health of the implants.
No matter the situation - there is always an appropriate solution. At Austin Smile Creations Dr. Gotun has performed a multitude of all imaginable oral surgeries for decades and has been directly involved in the evolution of the art of oral surgery and regenerative dentistry. Experience and expertise is the most important factor a patient can rely on when dealing with complex dental problems.
It is important that the patients do not take dental implant and bone grafting procedures too lightly and explore various options while educating themselves on the subject. Choose your doctor carefully. Make sure treatment options are based on thorough diagnostics (x-rays for diagnostics are now being replaced by Cone Beam Computer Tomography which gives the doctor a 3D representation of the patient’s head, which allows for much more accurate evaluation of bone, sinuses and so much more. It is also used in virtual planning of implant placement to ensure extreme precision during the procedure). Ask a lot of questions and ask about alternatives.
Dr. Gotun uses only the most advanced technology in assessing if the patient is a good candidate for dental implants and bone grafting. If that is the case- all the treatment planning and all procedures are done using virtual technology to ensure maximum precision and predictability of the outcome. This ensures that the patient's investment will be worth it for many years to come.
We understand that it is not easy to make a decision about your implants and bone grafts and it does require an investment of time and money no matter what. However, keep in mind that if you choose “discounted” dental services that is exactly what you get.
Please contact us for more information about dental implants and bone grafting at (512) 329-5555.