Ronald C. Kobernick, DDS, MScD, PA
Periodontics
10601 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL & 111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL
727-397-8503

Sinus Graft

Sinus Lift Procedure

The maxillary sinuses are empty spaces on top of the upper back teeth. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend into or close to the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need adequate amounts of bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone.

The procedure to develop an implant site with adequate bone is called a sinus graft or sinus augmentation. Dr. Kobernick enters the sinus in the area of missing upper back teeth. A portion of the sinus membrane is then lifted gently upward, and donor bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus. (Keep in mind that the floor of the sinus is the roof of the upper jaw). After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of your jaw, and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new sinus bone.

The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option other than wearing removable dentures.

10601 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 P: 727-397-8503 F: 727-398-2679

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