What is a Sinus Lift?
A Sinus Lift is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It’s sometimes called a sinus augmentation. The next step is adding bone between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose.
To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or “lifted.” A sinus lift usually is done by a specialist. This could be either an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a periodontist.
With age, or in the event of tooth loss, the maxillary sinus expands and makes the jaw bone atrophy. The maxillary sinus, located above the upper molars, wastes away and the remaining bone does not have sufficient volume to support dental implants.
The current sinus lift procedure is highly invasive, meaning there are medical instruments introduced into the body cavities. Due to its invasive nature, up to ten days of home rest are necessary following a sinus lift procedure.
In layman terms, the bone tissue located right below your eyes shrivels thanks to tooth loss or the passing of time. Placing a dental implant without first doing a sinus lift in Mexico for those who need it can lead to destructive results.
A sinus lift can be done with a high standard procedure to correct this situation, basically elevating the sinus floor.
What are the Benefits of Getting Sinus Lift?
Sinus augmentation may sound daunting, but it is a crucial first step towards a fuller, healthier smile if you’ve experienced problems with jaw bone loss. Over time, missing teeth can cause the bone beneath to deteriorate, while age can also play a role in the relative shape and size of your bone structure.
Prepare your mouth for dental implants with sinus lift surgery that will restore the structure of your upper jaw and make your mouth for dental implants. Once your jaw bone has developed and healed, you can have dental implants fitted to restore those spaces at the back of your mouth:
- Increases the amount of bone
- Makes it easy for dentist to place implant
- Stops and reverses bone atrophy
- Bone integrates with jaw properly
Do I Need Sinus Surgery When Getting Dental Implants?
When there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to it, sinus lift surgery is required to be able to place dental implants securely. There are several reasons for this:
- Many people who have lost teeth in their upper jaw — particularly the back teeth, or molars — do not have enough bone for implants to be placed. Because of the anatomy of the skull, the back of the upper jaw has less bone than the lower jaw.
- Periodontal (gum) disease could’ve affected the bone.
- Once teeth are gone, the bone is absorbed back into the body. If teeth have been missing for a long time, there often is not enough bone left to place implants.
- Tooth loss may have led to a loss of bone as well. If teeth have been missing for a long time, there often is not enough bone left to place implants.
- The maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw for the placing of the implants. The shape and the size of this sinus vary from person to person. The sinus also can get larger as you age.
- Sinus lifts have become common during the last 15 years as more people get dental implants to replace missing teeth.
New Advanced A-I Technology for Sinus Lift Surgery
If you’ve lost your natural teeth due to trauma, gum disease, or decay, the toothless area will wither away, causing the floor of the maxillary sinus to drop and leading to bone loss.
Bone volume is a necessity when a patient is undergoing dental implant procedures because dental implants must integrate into the bone to successfully hold permanent teeth.
A sinus graft onlay grafts new bone to the floor of the maxillary sinus resulting in the new bone material that supports any number of dental implants.
We take the tissue used in the Sinus Lift Surgery from other areas of your mouth or body. In some cases, the surgeon removes bone from your hip or tibia (the bone beneath the knee).
You will need X-rays taken before your sinus lift so the dentist can study the anatomy of your jaw and sinus. You also may need a special AI computed tomography (CT) scan. This scan will allow the dentist to measure the height and width of your existing bone accurately and to evaluate the health of your sinus.
Without a Sinus Lift, the maxillary sinus floor might end up being too close to the implant area, and as a result, the sinuses won’t have protection.
What is the Tooth Implants Process?
The particular technique that a dentist uses can vary. But traditionally this operation has been performed as follows:
- The dentist will make an incision in the patient’s gum tissue on the cheek side of their upper jaw in the region where the placement of the dental implant will be.
- After making the incision, the dentist will flip back the patient’s gum tissue and expose the surface of the jawbone that lies underneath.
- Cutting the bone in a fashion where a “trap door“ of bone (hinged at the top) is next. This movable section of bone is then pushed gently inward and upward into the sinus cavity.
- The space underneath the lifted sinus membrane is then packed with the bone-grafting material, thus providing the new bone where you can place the tooth implant.
- Once the bone-graft material is ready, the gum tissue flap is stitched back in place.
- In some instances, it can be possible that the dentist will place the dental implant at the same time that the sinus lift procedure is happening.
- In most cases, however, a dentist will allow a healing period of six to nine months before the dental implant is in place. The particular time frame allowed for healing is dependent upon the type of bone-graft material used.
Making Painful Sinus Lift Dental Implants a Thing of The Past
Sinus lifts can be a particularly unpleasant experience for patients. The procedure takes more than an hour and involves significant trauma. Patients need to rest at home for three to 10 days due to the pain, discomfort, and severe, unattractive facial swelling and bruising.
Six to nine months after the procedure, you’ll generate new bone tissue, and a second procedure is required to insert a dental implant into the newly formed bone. Is followed by a three- to the five-month waiting period for the dental implant to be integrated into the bone when the prosthetic tooth can finally be ready.
However, the sinus lift procedure at Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides a solution that is far less traumatic and painful, minimizes swelling, and allows patients to return to their normal lives a day or less. The system involves a closed sinus lift implant that increases the bone’s thickness and provides a dental implant in one minimally invasive procedure.
Instead of reaching the sinus and placing a bone graft through an aggressive surgical approach, the implant uses a hollow channel to allow fluid to be injected through the implant to lift the sinus membrane.
With artificial Intelligence, technology not only made the procedure quicker to perform but has significantly reduced the pain a patient would feel after treatment.
Essential tips for Sinus Lift Surgery recovery
A certain amount of swelling, pain, and bleeding is normal. The following instructions are provided to make your postoperative recovery period as short and pleasant as possible.
You will be having a Sinus Lift if the area in the upper jaw that you are to have an implant (or implants) currently has insufficient bone because of an enlarged sinus. Do not under any circumstances blow your nose for the next four weeks. May be longer if indicated by the dentist. You may sniff all you like but no blowing.
Bite down and maintain firm pressure on the gauze pack given to you at the end of the surgery. There may be two areas of gauze in your mouth. Do this for at least 30 minutes. At that time remove the pack and replace it with another gauze sponge as provided. Repeat this as necessary. There should not be excessive bleeding.
Bright red blood rapidly pooling in the area is not healthy. If this occurs and does not decrease with pressure, please call the office immediately. There may be a small amount of nasal discharge. It may be clear or slightly bloody. If there’s excessive bleeding from the nose, call the doctor immediately.
If you were asleep for the surgery be sure to eat a soft, nutritious food before taking any medications. Will decrease the chances of post-surgical nausea. If you were prescribed an antibiotic before surgery, continue the treatment until all the pills are over. If a decongestant is part of your treatment; bear this until it is all gone.
Grab your pain medications as needed by the directions. You can exchange Codeine, hydrocodone or Demerol with Advil or ibuprofen type drugs. Be sure you have no allergies that the doctor does not know about.
Do not rinse or spit for a minimum of 72 hours and longer if possible. Tends to disturb the blood clot and can prolong bleeding, open the wound and slow healing. There should be no blood in your mouth.
Sinus Lift Complications Symptoms
Discomfort, mild bleeding, and facial swelling are normal following a sinus lift. Our state-of-the-art technology not only made the procedure quicker to perform but has significantly reduced the pain a patient would feel after treatment.
Expect facial bruising around the surgery area. Ease your discomfort with a cold pack or over-the-counter pain medication.
Bite down on a gauze pad for half an hour to halt any bleeding. Change the gauze pad as the bleeding decreases.
A sinus lift is good for your health, time and wallet. The key is to choose the best dentist in the San Diego area has to offer.
Here at Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have the most qualified dental professionals available in the county. Dr. Serena Kurt and her team are waiting to help you smile again.
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