Dental Implants without Bone Graft and Sinus Lift
In specific cases, Dr Lager’s special technique ensures that your implants are placed without the need for additional surgeries - such as bone grafts and sinus lifts.
The maxillary sinuses are two hollow cavities located behind the cheekbones and just above the upper molar teeth in the back of the mouth. As people age, the sinuses expand and the jawbone shrinks in size. If upper molars are lost, the bone reduction is even more severe. In more than 50% of these cases, the remaining jawbone lacks sufficient volume to support a dental implant, so a sinus lift and bone graft are recommended to create bone volume prior to the implant surgery.
Sinus lifts can be a particularly unpleasant experience for patients. The procedure takes more than an hour and involves significant trauma. Patients need to rest at home for three to 10 days due to the pain, discomfort, and severe, unattractive facial swelling and bruising.
Six to nine months after the procedure, new bone is generated, and a second procedure is required to insert a dental implant into the newly formed bone. This is followed by a three to five month waiting period for the dental implant to be integrated into the bone when the prosthetic tooth can finally be inserted.
Dr Lager has adapted this dental implant procedure, so he can bypass this trauma and speed up the implant procedure significantly, avoiding the costs, pain and associated risks.
Performing dental implant surgery without a sinus lift and bone graft reduces the cost of treatment tremendously because there are fewer people, procedures and processes involved. It also speeds up the treatment timeline and reduces the amount of risk involved, in terms of pain, infection and post-surgery complications.
For more information, contact our Sandton office and schedule a consultation. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to answer all your questions and provide you with all the information you need to decide which treatment is best for you.