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Mar
27

Sinus Lift Surgery For Successful Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

An implant is an artificial, titanium “tooth root”, or post, that is surgically placed in your bone. In some cases, there may be insufficient bone along the upper jaw for a successful implant procedure to occur. If so, a sinus lift may be recommended by your dentist. A lift involves raising the lining of the sinus cavity and placing additional bone, so that the sinus is not ruptured by the long implant root.

What To Expect During Your Procedure

This surgical procedure utilizes bone grafting material to thicken the bone between your upper jaw and sinuses, which are located on either side of your nose. A typical sinus lift procedure involves:

  1. Creating a small incision in the gum, to expose the jawbone
  2. Cutting a small circular “door” into the jaw that can be gently pushed inward, lifting the sinus membrane lining up and away from your jaw
  3. Packing the opening with grafting material, to create denser bone in which the dental implant can eventually be successfully placed
  4. And finally, replacing the gum tissue and stitching it closed.

In some cases, your dentist may recommend immediate placement of your dental implant, but often a healing period of four to twelve months is needed for the new bone material to fuse permanently into place.

After Your Sinus Lift Surgery

As you recover from your sinus lift surgery it’s important that you follow your post-op instructions carefully, to reduce the risk of complications. Your dentist’s goal is for your procedure to be successful and your recovery to go as smoothly as possible. Should you develop any concerns, your dentist is always available to help.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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