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How Dental Implants can Impact Your Sinuses

A popular phenomenon when it comes to your teeth is their close relationship with the rest of your body.  Many dentists refer to this as the “Mouth body connection”. Why? Because your teeth can truly have an impact on the rest of your body. For instance, many years ago — if a patient suffered from heart disease — it would be unlikely for their doctor to consider the possibility that their condition stemmed from a gum disease. However, this sort of relationship isn’t just a rare possibility, it’s far more common than you think. In fact, WebMD even claims that research has proven that serious gum disease indicated a 40% greater likelihood that the patient would have a chronic condition elsewhere in their body on top of it.  Which brings us to your sinuses.

Many patients who have lost any number of upper, rear teeth complain about sinus trouble. When it comes to the source of this irritation, the sinuses in your jaw, known as the maxillary sinuses, can often be the culprit. If you’ve ever heard of a dentist or oral surgeon that also specializes in maxillofacial surgery, this won’t be a mystery to you. Due to that fact that “maxillary” refers to bodyparts (like teeth) and systems associated with the upper jaw,  it’s not surprising that the two can often be related.

When any sort of change happens on your jaw, such as with your teeth — it can also have an impact on other aspects of your jaw.  If you’ve lost upper back teeth, and seem to suffer from chronic sinus irritation on the particular side that you’ve lost teeth — it’s likely that the loss of teeth is the underlying cause.  While many patients don’t replace these teeth because they can’t always be seen, dental implants can help relieve this irritation.

Why Does This Irritation Happen?

If you’re experiencing sinus irritation due to the loss of a tooth, it could be due to the irregular downward growth of your maxillary sinuses. Normally, these sinuses are incredibly small, but they grow as your skull gets larger. Given additional space (due to the loss of space) these sinuses can grow even larger than normal, which can produce irritation.

By replacing missing teeth in the upper, rear portion of your mouth it is often necessary to elevate the sinuses  — which creates room for the new teeth. As is the case with any dental implant, this adds bone (or bone substitute) where there was none before. While the goal of this procedure is to typically make room and lay the groundwork for new back teeth, a welcome side affect is that it often can reduce size the size of your sinuses and help them drain much more easily.

Have you lost upper rear teeth and do you experience sinus pressure that didn’t exist before? You might be a candidate for maxillofacial surgery and possibly dental implants. In Garden Grove and Fountain Valley, our team of dentists and oral surgeons frequently provide the level of care that give patients better smiles and greater overall health. Contact us today if you have any questions about how problems in your mouth could be affecting the rest of your body.

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