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      Ridge and Sinus Augmentations

      Ridge and sinus augmentations are surgical dental procedures used in order to fill gums or bones that have been deteriorated that results from a tooth extraction. A ridge augmentation refers to the reconstruction of any underdeveloped gums. Whereas a sinus augmentation refers to a maxillary jaw bone that is enhanced by lifting the sinus floor and grafting bone into the jaw line. These procedures enable a patient to regain a natural appearance, and it also makes it possible to qualify for dental implants.


      Frequently Asked Questions

      Am I a candidate for sinus or ridge augmentation?

      If you have been denied dental implant due to weak supporting tissues, you could be a candidate. If you have receding gum line which can cause you to feel embarrassed, you could also be a candidate. In order to find out more about whether you qualify, contact Dr. Harris for a consultation today. 

      What should I expect during a sinus or ridge augmentation?

      Ridge augmentations start with the administration of a local anesthetic that is used to numb treatment areas and prevent any pain. Then, graft material will be placed into the tooth wherever there is a missing tooth. Next, your dentist will pull any surrounding gum tissue over the material and pull it shut. 

      Sinus lift augmentations are very similar. In contrast, your dentist will make an incision to open up the sinus floor and use harder graft materials to build the sinus floor. The area will be stitched shut. Make sure to allow time for the incision to heal before any other treatments are done. 

      Will I need to follow any special instructions following my procedure?

      You may experience some swelling and discomfort after your procedure, which is completely normal. It could last for several days.


      Quick Fact ...

      Losing a tooth is not the only reason you can get a ridge or sinus augmentation? Many patients that come in have deteriorated gum lines or inadequate jaw bone support which comes from oral disease. Some examples are periodontal disease or physical trauma to the face. Other patients suffer from bone atrophy which is caused by prolonged denture wear. By grafting in bone and building up the gum line, a dentist enables the patient’s jaw and gums to support permanent dental implants.