Dental implants are a great way to enjoy a full, beautiful smile. Implants work like your natural teeth and can last for years, since they are anchored into the jawbone itself. However, if there is not enough hard tissue present, the placement of the restoration may be compromised. To help prepare a patient for an implant, our dentists may schedule them a sinus lift in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ironically, missing teeth are a leading cause of bone loss in the sinus cavity. When the tooth is lost, there is no stimulation on the underlying jawbone. Without constant pressure, the body can start to reabsorb the bone, eroding the tissue. When this happens, Clear Dental may recommend a graft or a sinus lift. A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds boney tissue to the area above the top back teeth. Once this area has been restored, implant placement by our dentists will be possible. This restoration will replace the root as well as the crown of the tooth, providing proper stimulation and preventing further reabsorption.
If you are missing a tooth, reach out to our office at (907) 313-2433 and plan a restoration appointment or consultation. Our dentists can take a full look at your smile, taking X-rays and other images to determine if a sinus graft is necessary.