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:
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.
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Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Sinus lift surgery is a type of bone grafting procedure that is used to increase the amount of bony area in your upper arch, where the nasal sinuses coincide with the area of dental bone. Patients that are undergoing dental implant treatment may require sinus lift surgery as part of their care plan prior to the placement of their implants. Sinus lifts are needed in order to create a more stable environment that can support a dental implant.
The sinus lining is elevated so that implants will not puncture the sinus cavity when they are placed in the mouth. This also allows for bone implants in the area, to better support the dental implant. Bone implants allow bone from a donor site to be grafted into the area of the sinus lift and integrate with the surrounding anatomy.
To perform a sinus lift, a small window is made through your gums and bone. Once open, your sinus lining can be elevated away from the bone, and new additional bone placed in the area. The surgical site is then stitched closed and given time to heal before your dental implant can be placed. Most implants can be placed after several months of heal time. This allows for the bone to be fully functional and support the dental implant.
It’s important to not place too much pressure on the area through blowing your nose as it could cause problems with the healing. After your lift you will see your doctor for a follow up exam to ensure that healing is occurring properly, as well as to remove the stitches from the surgical site. Be sure to let your doctor know if you begin to develop any symptoms of infection following your procedure.
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