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Bone Grafting and Sinus Lift Surgeries Prepare the Jaw for Implants


Bone grafting and sinus lift procedures offered at our Chandler, AZ, practice can make patients with compromised jaws eligible for dental implants. Dental implants require sufficient bone tissue. In most cases, these procedures will add an additional four to nine months to the overall dental implant procedure timeline, but set the stage for a lifetime of the absolute best denture support. Our expert oral surgeons at Chandler Implants and Periodontics can perform both surgeries in-house, which allows for a seamless and streamlined treatment experience.

An illustrated example of a bone graft for a dental implant

Why Bone Grafting or a Sinus Lift Become Necessary

The absence of tooth roots will eventually result in jawbone atrophy, or shrinkage. The advanced stages of gum disease can also compromise the jawbone. When jawbone degeneration has taken place, bone grafting and sinus lift surgeries can be performed to replace lost tissue in both the upper and lower jaw. A sinus lift is specifically designed to restore the upper jaw so that it can accommodate implants without interfering with the sinuses.

What to Expect before, during, and after the Procedure

“If you have suffered from a compromised smile for many years, we can help you become a candidate for dental implants and begin a new chapter of outstanding oral health in your life.”

During a consultation, you can depend on our surgeons to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your smile using advanced technology to determine if a bone graft or sinus lift is necessary. Digital 3D images of your teeth, gums, and jawbone help your surgeon plan your entire dental implant placement procedure.

Your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and take about 45 minutes to complete. Surgery begins after anesthesia has been administered, helping you to become completely comfortable. For lower jawbone grafting, the surgeon will make a small incision in the gums and place the donor tissue onto your jawbone. If a sinus lift is necessary, a small incision will be made in the upper jaw. Before placing the grafted bone tissue, he will lift your sinus membrane.

After the grafted tissue has been placed, your surgeon will carefully close the incisions with dissolvable sutures. In most cases, you can expect about a four- to nine-month recovery, depending on the extent of your surgery and how quickly the bone tissue bonds. Your surgeon will monitor your healing during that time. Once you have healed and the tissue has fully integrated, your surgeon can place your dental implants.

Once your implants are in place, they will integrate with your jaw to provide the ultimate foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dental implants are the absolute best means of supporting dental restorations, and we are passionate about helping patients to experience the best possible benefits of this treatment. If you have suffered from a compromised smile for many years, we can help you become a candidate for dental implants and begin a new chapter of outstanding oral health in your life. To learn more, contact our office today and schedule your consultation.

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As a fellow dental specialist working closely with Dr. Peterson, he is at the top of my list for patient care and surgical skills. He genuinely cares for his patients and wants the best for them.

Dr. Kent Howell