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set of teeth with a back one missingWhen a molar or premolar has been lost in the upper jaw, sometimes the bone becomes too thin to support a dental implant. The sinus pocket above could be damaged if an implant were placed.
a cross section of a gumA procedure called a sinus lift can add bone to the area and make it stable enough to place an implant.
gums being worked on by a toolFirst, an access opening in the area above the missing tooth is created, through which synthetic or sterile harvested bone material can be placed.
bones opened by a toolWith the access opening created, the sinus membrane is gently lifted upwards, while the bone material is packed in beneath it.
cross section of a membraneA healing membrane is placed over the access opening, and the area is sutured and allowed to heal.
cross section of healing gumsDuring this time, the bone material solidifies beneath the sinus and permanently blends into your natural bone tissue.
healthy set of gums and teethOnce the site has fully healed, the bone will have regained its original strength and stability, and further procedures such as a dental implant can be initiated.
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