CREATING A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR IMPLANTS
The maxillary sinuses are hollow cavities at the roof of the upper jawbone, close to where the roots of the upper teeth end. If a patient’s upper teeth are missing, the bone separating the maxillary sinuses from the teeth often isn’t substantial enough to place implants. The bone may also be insubstantial due to disease. For this reason, patients who need implants may require sinus grafting to accommodate the implants.
Your Sinus Augmentation Procedure
Typically, a sinus augmentation procedure involves pushing the membrane lining the sinus upward, allowing bone grafting material to be placed against the existing bone and below the sinus membrane. The new material bonds with your jawbone as it heals. Once healing is complete, dental implants can be placed into the bone. In some cases, depending on how much original bone is available, the implant can be placed immediately following the sinus augmentation.
Patients receive customized local anesthesia and may request conscious sedation during the procedure to guarantee their comfort.
What to Expect at Our Office
Dr. Ravenel has over fifteen years of experience working as a periodontist in Greenville, SC. She’s a member of the American Dental Association, the South Carolina Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the Southern Academy of Periodontology. Continuing education is a priority to Dr. Ravenel keeping new technologies and procedures available to her patients.
Customized Treatment Options
Patients of Ravenel Periodontics have confidence that their treatment plan will be customized to their specific needs. Dr. Ravenel will educate you on the issues affecting your dental health, share the options available to you, and work with you to create a treatment plan.
Dr. Ravenel believes that everyone deserves to be treated as an individual. She listens to her patients’ concerns, enjoys getting to know them, and prioritizes making them comfortable. For this reason, patients who have been seeing Dr. Ravenel for years continue to recommend her.