Bone Grafting & Sinus Lift

Bone Grafting & Sinus Lift 2018-04-18T15:26:16+00:00

Once a tooth has been lost, the bone in the area gradually goes through a process called resorption. This can result in a situation where there is not enough quantity of bone suitable for placement of Dental Implants. In these situations, a Dental Implant can be placed with the addition of a combination of your own bone and synthetic bone. This is called Bone Grafting. This not only gives us the opportunity to place Implants, it also gives us a chance to restore function and improve the appearance of the final tooth.

Special membranes, made of collagen, that dissolve under the gum may be utilized to protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called Guided Bone Regeneration.

Once the dentist has accessed the future implant site they will be able to determine which type of bone graft material and technique is right for you.

Sometimes the gum around a proposed implant site is thin and might need to be increased to achieve the optimal aesthetic and functional result. In this instance, a soft tissue graft may need to be done.

A piece of gum is taken from another part of the patient’s mouth (often from the palate) and transferred to the gum area around the implant. It then grows onto the existing gum and improves the appearance of the final tooth.

The sinuses are located behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the sinus and the mouth. Dental Implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place Dental Implants in this bone.
Luckily there is a solution and it’s called a Sinus Graft or Sinus Lift Graft.

The Dental Implant surgeon enters the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be. The sinus membrane is then lifted upward and bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus. The bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and Dental Implants can be inserted into this new sinus bone.

If there’s enough bone between the upper jaw and the bottom of the sinus to stabilize the implant wall, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If there’s not enough bone available, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed first. After several months, when the graft is integrated into bone, the dental implant can be placed.

We understand that undergoing grafting and sinus lifting can sound daunting, which is we make every effort to keep you at ease and to give your grafting procedure the greatest chance of success. Some of our differences include:

Individualised and planned approach – everyone’s bone heals and integrates with the graft at a different rate, which is why we use our 3D CBCT to produce a high definition view of your bone prior to the graft and prior to any implant placement to ensure that the graft placement is accurately planned beforehand and is ready for the ideal Dental Implant placement.

​More than just clean – All of the equipment used during the procedure is 100% sterile. We also use many single use instruments.

Your safety – All of the bone grafting materials that we use are 100% TGA approved. They are Swiss-made (Geistlich Pharma products) and are all completely safe and are of the highest quality. These products have been approved by the Red Cross for blood donation.

Postgraduate study – Dr. Graham has extensive experience in this area of dentistry, and studied with one of the pioneers in the field of Guided Bone Regeneration, Professor Daniel Buser, in Switzerland.

To learn more about how we at Mona Vale Dental do everything to ensure your Dental Implant treatment is a success, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Alistair Graham today. Call us on 02 9997 1100.

What Our Customers Say

I have had such a huge fear of the dentist since I was very young which is why I put off going for so many years (even though I knew I needed at least 2 root canals). I can't believe what a difference a few months can make. A friend recommended Mona Vale Dental for a painful tooth I could no longer ignore. From the moment I walked in Lisa on Reception instantly made me feel at ease and I was so impressed by how the clean and modern the practice was. The first session of my root canal I wad so anxious but it only took a few minutes of Alistair and his dental nurse talking me through what was happening and singing along to George Harrison as they were working away before I realised I was onto something pretty special.A few sessions in now and I can honestly say that I am completely relaxed whenever I go in there. My fear of the dentist has totally gone and for that I cannot thank them enough.I recommend these guys for anyone who has been putting of the dentist because they are scared and even if you're not. They are highly skilled, gentle, friendly and more
Verity Hare
Verity Hare
06:38 22 Mar 18
I took Alistair's advice and Hayley & Alistair made me up a SomnoBrux to address my Bruxism. Wish I had taken his advice a long time ago - I found the guard really easy to sleep with and am now sleeping so much better and not waking up with a saw jaw and a headache every morning. Can't thank you enough Mona Vale Dental !read more
Sharyn Nichols
Sharyn Nichols
03:56 06 Dec 17
The team at Mona Vale Dental is not just top notch but world class. Dr. Graham has made sure he's always a master of the latest techniques. The fact that crowns and overlays can be done in a single session (without waiting to send away for molds, etc) is awesome. The quality of the work is always high. I personally have a challenging medical background and the Mona Vale Dental team is phenomenal at making sure all the specifics of my case are considered. And, on top of this, they're simply a really friendly bunch. Couldn't recommend them any more!read more
Bryan Rollins
Bryan Rollins
21:15 02 Sep 17
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Francesco Fronzoni
20:01 14 Aug 17
Alistair, Kristen, Lisa and the crew at Mona Vale Dental are fabulous. My children, husband and I all go there. Mona Vale Dental are happy, family-friendly, reliable and great at what they do. The new fit-out is also very stylish. It all makes for a very positive dental more
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Jane Lillycrop
11:40 06 Jul 17
Our company designed and built the new practice environment for Dr Alistair Graham and I must say that the entire team at Mona Vale Dental were a real pleasure to work with from start to finish. They were and still are wonderful clients and people. His team are so caring and whilst we were shooting a video on location for a whole day, I saw first hand how the team greeted and looked after their patients. Wow was I impressed. The place looks amazing too and I recommend anyone in the local area to make an appointment and go and feel what it is like to be treated by such great professionals in an amazing space. We wish you all the best Dr Graham and team in your new more
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Levitch Design Australia
04:55 05 Jul 17
Mona Vale Dental was recommended to me by my daughter who spoke very highly of Dr Graham and his team. The treatment and care I received has restored my faith in dentists again. Dr Graham was very knowledgeable and explained all treatment options available. I am very pleased with my new crown which I watched being made while I waited. Very impressive. Thank more
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Penelope Hitchens
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