I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?
A large majority of people who’ve had their upper back teeth missing for a long period of time experience a phenomena where the maxillary sinus begins to grow downward. When you’re born, this is about the size of a pea, and grows progressively as the skull matures. As it grows, it crowds into the area of surrounding bone, leaving a space where bone should be.
If you’re considering replacing your missing upper back teeth with a fixed tooth replacement that will remain stationary, we may need to perform a sinus “lift” to create space for dental implant placement into this area to support those teeth. This procedure involves the placement of bone and/or bone substitutes into the space that was previously taken up by the bottom part of your maxillary sinus.
The bone graft materials used act as a support structure, which is then replaced by the growth of new bone around it. This elevates the sinus floor, which reduces sinus volume and often allows the sinus to drain more easily. Primarily, the sinus lift procedure increases the available bone use to place implants and restore the missing back teeth.
Whatever your situation, if you’re interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants, please call our West Allis dental office. We’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Monteagudo to discuss your needs.