A sinus lift is a special bone grafting procedure that prepares the back portion of the upper jaw for dental implants. There may not be enough bone tissue between the ideal implant site and the sinus membrane, either due to bone recession or the patient's anatomy. By grafting bone tissue to the area and elevating the floor of the sinus cavity, the jaw can safely accommodate implants. During a consultation, Dr. Stephen E. Rogers and his team in Long Island, NY, can determine if you require a sinus lift or another preparatory procedure before receiving dental implants.
Do I Need a Sinus Lift?
If you wish to replace missing teeth with dental implants, but x-rays reveal that implants would disturb the soft tissues of the sinus membrane due to a lack of bone tissue, our doctors may recommend a sinus lift procedure. Candidates should be free of tooth decay and gum disease. They should also be willing to add three to six months to their treatment timeline to allow the graft to become integrated. Because smoking interferes with the body's ability to heal, smokers should be willing to break the habit before surgery.
On the day of your procedure, you will be given local anesthesia to numb the treatment site. You can also elect to receive sedation if you feel anxious or if you have difficulties sitting comfortably for long periods.
Once you have been made comfortable, an incision will be made in the gum tissue in order to access the jawbone. Next, an incision will be made in the bone tissue. The soft tissues of the sinus membranes will be gently lifted, and bone grafting material will be inserted to augment the jaw and maintain the new position of the soft tissues. Once the graft is in place, sutures will be used to close the incisions.
A sinus lift can allow you to experience the many life-changing benefits of dental implants.
After your surgery, you should plan to return home and rest for the remainder of the day. It is important not to disturb the treatment area as you heal. Rinsing and spitting must be avoided for the first 48 hours after surgery. You must also avoid blowing your nose for about four weeks.
During follow-up visits, your doctor will check the treatment site to monitor your healing and determine when it is safe to proceed with dental implant placement. Patients are typically ready to receive implants after three to six months.
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If you are suffering due to missing teeth, dental implants can provide invaluable benefits that can last the rest of your life. Dental implant treatment timelines can span many months, and preparatory treatments such as a sinus lift will make the process take longer. Many patients believe that this added time and expense are more than justified due to the comfort and confidence that dental implants can provide. To learn more about your candidacy for implants and how a sinus lift procedure can help you take advantage of this life-changing solution, please call us at (516) 468-7103 or contact us online today.
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