HYDRAULIC SINUS CONDENSING (HSC)® is a technique pioneered by Dr. Leon Chen at the Dental Implant Institute of Las Vegas in 1995. Its a unique procedure that allows for implant placement in the hardest of cases, all with little to no pain or swelling. We can place implants in cases that have as little as 1mm of bone with a predictable and stable outcome.
As many as 70% of all sinus problems are caused by oral bacteria that find their way into the sinus cavity. While performing an HSC procedure, Dr. Chen is able to clear out any bacteria that may be hiding in the sinuses. Many patients who have chronic sinus infections have found that they were completely cured by having the HSC procedure performed on them, even when other surgeries have failed.
Traditionally, a technique has been used named the “Lateral Window”, it is named this because before your implant could be placed, a dentist would have to, in a hospital setting, break your skull bone to create a large “window”. He would then pushing the sinus up with a hard steel instrument and placing artifical bone in the cavity that is created. This procedure creates a great deal of swelling and pain for the patient, and recovery takes around 7-8 days.
With Hydraulic Sinus Condensing, we gently lift the sinus using water. We use the same hole that your implant is going to use so no extra trauma is required. Swelling is at a minimum and the patient can return to work the next day. Using HSC, the full implant placement procedure, from start to finish, including the crown, only takes three months.
Below are two videos, one of the traditional Lateral Window Technique and one of the Hydralic Sinus Condesing Technique.