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Sinus Augmentation / Sinus Lift Surgery
Sinus Augmentation, also known as a sinus lift, is the addition of bone graft material into the maxillary sinus for the placement of dental implants in the posterior upper jaw bone. Just behind the cheekbone of the face there is an air cavity known as the maxillary sinus. Some time after the extraction of posterior upper jaw teeth, the maxillary sinus enlarges and the bone becomes very thin. This thin alveolar ridge bone cannot support dental implants. To augment the bone level in the posterior upper jaw, a sinus augmentation/lift is performed to provide more bone volume to accept dental implants. YES Dental Clinic can provide more information, demonstrate samples of the procedure, and show you how the procedure is performed on your x-ray at the time of consultation.
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
At YES Dental Clinic, Dr. Joseph Kim has the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives him the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives him a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Wisdom Teeth Treatment / Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly, and the gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when your wisdom teeth are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result is swelling, jaw stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jaw bone and healthy teeth.
Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal, usually in the teenage years, is critical to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, YES Dental Clinic, Dr. Joseph Kim can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be future or present problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by our doctors.
All surgery is performed under proper anesthesia. YES Dental Clinic team has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia to make procedures more comfortable. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and staff experienced in administration of all phases of anesthesia.