Sinus Augmentation

Maxillary Sinus Augmentations:

Sinus Elevation Procedure
Sinus Elevation Procedure

The highly skilled dentists of Advanced Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offer a full range of bone grafting techniques for patients who require grafting prior to the placement of dental implants. Explore the information below to learn about a sophisticated grafting technique performed by our oral surgeons – maxilliary sinus augmentation. If you would like to learn whether this procedure is for you, schedule a personal consultation at our dental implants office in New Jersey, New York City, or Long Island.

One of the most frequently applied grafting procedures is the Sinus Augmentation. This procedure is restricted only to the upper jaw.

As we get older our sinuses grow larger in volume and literally take away valuable bone from the jaw ridge as shown below on the x-rays. This is not a pathological condition, on the very contrary, it happens to almost every one. This process of sinus expansion is called Pneumatization of the Para-nasal sinuses.

Once teeth are lost in that particular area it makes it difficult if not impossible to place endosseous implants in that area. For this particular problem a grafting method was developed to literally raise the bottom of the sinus back up, graft bone underneath and, thus, create enough space for one or more dental implants.

This procedure has been performed successfully for over two decades now and is considered an accepted and predictable method of bone grafting. The grafting material being used can be of either of the above mentioned categories. Again autogenous bone will give you the best and fastest results. However it would take a considerable volume of bone (5cc to 10cc per side) to perform a typical sinus augmentation; usually more than can be harvested form intra-oral donor sites. Therefore, we sometimes downsize to an allograft, alloplast or xenograft or a combination (sometimes mixed with a little autograft) and take into account a longer maturation time. An autograft takes approximately 4 to 6 months to mature in the sinus, an allograft, alloplast or xenograft may take 9 months or more.

Sinus Augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure, if enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well. If not enough bone is available, the Sinus Augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for several months (depending on the graft material used). Once the graft has matured the implants can be placed.

Socket Preservation:

A painless procedure that allows the preservation of the socket after an extraction, with the purpose of avoiding bone/jaw loss and facial atrophy(Click here to see consequences of tooth loss)

Socket Preservation Before Bone Graft
Before Bone Graft

Socket Preservation After Bone Graft
After Bone Graft

Guided Bone Regeneration

Guided Bone Regeneration
Inadequate bone width for successful implant placement

Successful Implant Bone Width
In some cases, a membrane will be used to protect and contain the graft

Adequate Bone Width for Implant Placement
Adequate bone width regenerated for placement of a dental implant

Grafting Materials

With respect to the Bone Graft material used, we have to differentiate between several choices. All materials can be categorized into five different categories:

  • Autograft or autogenous bone graft
  • Allograft or allogenic bone graft
  • Xenograft or xenogenic bone graft
  • Alloplast or alloplastic bone graft

The Autograft is considered the Gold Standard. It is defined as tissue transplanted from one site to another within the same individual. It is basically your very own bone taken from a donor site and placed somewhere else in the body, into the recipient site. The best success rates in bone grafting have been achieved with autografts, because these are essentially living tissues with their cells intact. There is no immune reaction and the microscopic architecture is perfectly matched. The only disadvantage of the autograft is that it has to be harvested from a secondary site in your body, which usually means more morbidity and a more complicated surgery, overall. For most grafting purposes confined to Oral Implantology we can use another part of the jaw (i.e., chin or back portions of jaw) as an acceptable donor site. This way, we stay surgically inside the mouth and avoid any extraoral wounds and scarring. Sometimes, however, when there is not enough bone volume available intraorally, we have to get bone from other parts of the body (usually your hip bone or your tibia (shin) bone) or even from a bottle – alloplast, allograft, or xenograft.

The Allograft is defined as a tissue graft between individuals of the same species (i.e., humans) but of non-identical genetic composition. The source is usually cadaver bone, which is available in large amounts. This bone however has to undergo many different treatment sequences in order to render it neutral to immune reactions and to avoid cross contamination of host diseases. These treatments may include irradiation, freeze-drying, acid washing and other chemical treatments. In the U.S. virtually all donors are being prescreened for infectious diseases before their bone is even accepted into the tissue banks. After that the processing of the bone would eliminate virtually any chance of cross-infection.

The Xenograft is defined as a tissue graft between two different species (i.e. bone of bovine origin). Tissue banks usually choose these graft materials, because it is possible to extract larger amounts of bone with a specific microstructure (which is an important factor for bone growth) as compared to bone from human origin.

The Alloplast usually includes any synthetically derived graft material not (coming) from animal or human origin. In Oral Implantology this usually includes Hydroxyapatite or any formulation thereof.

Each of the bone graft materials is usually developed with a specific purpose or advantage in mind. Some claims made by tissue banks about a certain bone graft material may sometimes have to be taken with a grain of salt, until independent research can verify those claims. The main purpose of using the latter three of the above graft materials is usually to avoid a secondary surgery for harvesting autogenous bone. Your surgeon will make a decision with respect to the bone graft material, based on your individual needs and the latest research in that field.

Schedule Your One-on-One Sinus Augmentation Consultation Today

To learn whether you might benefit from the sinus augmentation bone graft technique, schedule a personal consultation with one of our highly experience New York / Long Island periodontists today. You can set up an appointment by calling us or clicking here to request that we contact you!