One of dentistry’s goals is to make implant treatment available to all patients who may benefit from it. Unfortunately, the advanced bone loss that accompanies long-term wearing of an upper complete denture or upper removable partial denture renders these same patients poor candidates for dental implant treatment.
Advanced bone loss in the posterior upper jaw poses serious challenges for implant therapy. Generally, the type of bone available in the upper jaw is spongy bone with its large spaces and non-dense, soft nature. This is not the quality of bone suited for dental implant therapy. Another factor influencing dental implant treatment in the upper jaw is that with the loss of upper posterior teeth, enlargement of the sinuses occurs, which encroaches on what little bone remains. Successful implant therapy in the maxillary jaw is dramatically reduced if poor bone quality is combined with a lack of sufficient bone height and density. Management of these conditions is accomplished with the use of larger or wider and longer implants with a bioactive coating and sinus grafting.
Subantral augmentation or sinus grafting is a way to improve results in the severely resorbed posterior upper jaw. By increasing bone in the sinus region, the subantral augmentation enables the practitioner to use larger and longer implants that are indicated in the posterior region to replace molars to withstand the biting forces exerted there. Sinus augmentation should be considered whenever a lack of alveolar bone height prevents the use of implants of 10 millimeters in length. Ridge augmentation or bone expansion is also advisable if the alveolar bone width is less than 4 millimeters.
Please call Reconstructive and Implant Dental Center at 913-492-2233 today to learn more about maxillary sinus grafting with implant placement in Overland Park, Kansas, and book a consultation with Dr. EDward M. Amet, our prosthodontist.