A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and allowed to integrate with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history. Dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the debilitation associated with tooth loss.
In certain scenarios, a sinus lift is necessary in order to place an implant in the upper jaw. The sinus lift can be performed in conjunction with implant placement or in some cases, may need to be done in advance. The concept for the lift is to effectively push up the thin sinus membrane and place bone underneath it to support an implant.