During a sinus lift, your dentist basically lifts your upper jaw by inserting some bone into the maxillary sinus – the region above the back teeth, which is on both sides of the nose – hence the name sinus lift. Your dentist would do this should in case the back part of your upper jaw lacks enough bone to support dental implants.
This is a type of bone graft and is commonly carried out when the patient’s jaw is not wide enough to support dental implants. After carrying out ridge expansion, the dentist can now fix the dental implants. Some dentists proceed with dental implant surgery immediately after ridge expansion, while others wait for a few months for complete recovery.
Distraction osteogenesis is another type of bone graft options. This option is normally used to make the jaw bone taller or larger for better support for the dental implants. During this process, your dentist would cut some bone from your jaw bone and would place a titanium device using screws and pins in-between the separated bone and the jaw bone. Your dentist will unscrew the titanium device a little bit daily to make the jaw bone grow “taller” over time.
Following the above four methods – bone graft, sinus lift, ridge expansion, and distraction osteogenesis, your dentist can fix your bone loss for dental implants surgery.
Risks of Bone Grafting
Risks are always involved with any form of surgery or medical procedure irrespective of how simple the process may be. Generally, bone grafting procedures may involve the risk of bad reactions to anesthesia, infection, and bleeding in addition to inflammation, nerve injury, swelling, pains, reabsorption of the bone graft into the body, and rejection of the bone graft the body.
Sometimes, some certain factors, which include injury to the tooth, gum, or jawbone; infections; or gum disease, etc. may cause bone loss even after a dental implant. Though there were debates among dentists on why bone loss should happen after dental implants. If this happens to you, the first thing you should do is to contact your dentist for treatment options and official diagnosis. You can as well follow these basic steps: taking probiotics, getting plenty of calcium, eating a balanced and healthy diet, and maintaining good oral hygiene.
Due to the terrible effects associated with bone loss, it is recommended that you always keep good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.