To receive dental implants, you need enough jaw bone to support them. If you have gum disease or low bone volume, sinus bone grafting provides a safe and effective way to move forward with treatment. At Dental Implant Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS, performs sinus bone grafting on-site as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Sinus bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to address problems with your jawbones. It provides a way to restore bone volume if you experience oral trauma or bone decay due to periodontal disease.
Dental Implant Institute uses sinus bone grafting to support dental implants. Bone grafts restore height and volume to your jaw, providing a sturdy foundation for OsseoFuse implant posts.
There are several types of sinus bone grafting, including:
An allograft is a real human bone material that comes from a deceased donor or cadaver. Before implantation, allografts undergo thorough cleaning and sanitization.
Autografts utilize healthy bone from another part of your body, such as your hips, pelvis, or wrist. Because autografts require several operations, the team at Dental Implant Institute doesn’t typically use them.
Synthetic bone grafts utilize synthetic bone material. The biomaterials used in synthetic bone grafts trigger the production of healthy bone tissue inside your body.
The team at Dental Implant Institute performs sinus bone grafting as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home directly after your operation.
Before beginning treatment, your provider administers a local anesthetic numbing your gums, jawbones, and tooth roots. Once the anesthesia sets in, they make an incision in your gum line, near the area of damaged or decaying bone tissue.
After making the incision, your provider carefully hollows out a portion of your jaw. Then, they insert the allograft or synthetic bone material into the hole and stitch the incision closed. Following your procedure, you return home for several months while the graft spurs the generation of new, healthy bone tissue.
Following sinus bone grafting, you move to an observation room while the anesthesia wears off. Afterward, your dentist gives you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics and provides you with a list of at-home recovery instructions.
In the first few days following your procedure, it’s normal to experience some sensitivity and discomfort. Take your medications as prescribed, eat soft foods like Jell-O, yogurt, and soup, and avoid smoking or drinking alcohol. You should also avoid brushing and flossing until your provider says it’s okay to start again.
To lower your risk of infection or other complications, make sure to attend all follow-up appointments. You’ll feel back to normal within a few weeks.
If you’re interested in learning more about sinus bone grafting, schedule an appointment at Dental Implant Institute. Call the office or book a consultation online today.