When you think about dental implants, you may think about replacing your front teeth, which of course will enhance your appearance and the function of your smile. But for your mouth to function as it should, you need all of your teeth, and that includes your back teeth, which are also known as your molars and premolars. You can receive implants for those teeth as well. However, if you do not have the bone mass needed to support those implants, our dentist may suggest that you have a sinus lift.
While bone loss can be caused by a number of things, one of the primary causes of bone loss in the lower and upper jaws is tooth loss. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the absence of the root will cause the bone in that area to deteriorate or resorb. If you need to replace your upper molars, Dr. Brian Han will gently lift the membrane away from the sinus area and add a bone graft to the affected area. Normally, it takes anywhere from four to nine months to completely heal following a sinus lift. When you are ready, you can have your implant placed to restore the missing tooth. If you are considering dental implants and would like to know more about having a sinus lift in Fircrest, Washington, contact the team at Fircrest Family Dental by calling 253-341-4814 to schedule your appointment.