A Sinus Lift Can Create Adequate Space for Dental Implants
To prepare the upper jaw for dental implants, some patients with a weakened jaw or inadequate spacing may require a sinus lift prior to their implant procedure. Dr. Brett Hester works closely with a specialist in the Valdosta, GA, area who can safely perform the procedure. They will work together to ensure you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery. If dental implants are placed when spacing is limited between your upper jaw and sinus cavity, it can lead to dental implant failure and long-term sinus pain. By undergoing a sinus lift, you can extend the longevity of your dental implants and significantly lower your risk for complications.
When a Sinus Lift is Necessary
A lack of stimulation in the upper jaw triggered by tooth loss can cause tissue to degenerate and the sinus cavity to fall. This is typically the result of back molars in the upper jawbone that have been missing for an extended period of time. In most cases, this procedure can be avoided by replacing missing teeth with a restorative procedure immediately following the loss of the tooth.
Although a sinus lift will extend your overall timeline, it will improve the success rate of your dental implants.
In cases where Dr. Hester has detected weak bone density and a fallen sinus cavity, a sinus lift can be performed to provide a firm foundation for your dental implants. This procedure is only necessary for the upper jawbone. If bone atrophy has occurred in your lower jaw, the specialist may recommend combining your sinus lift with a bone graft. Because the success rate of your dental implants is dependent on strong bone density, a sinus lift can create adequate spacing and promote healthy bone growth.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
A sinus lift is performed much like bone grafting. Before the procedure, you will meet with the specialist for a complete medical exam and x-rays. Depending on the amount of bone loss and tissue required, tissue can be harvested from your own body or taken from a donor. In other cases, tissue can also be synthetically grown. The specialist will discuss each option in detail to help you decide which option is best for your budget and needs.
On the day of your procedure, you will be comfortably sedated for optimal comfort. An incision will be made in the side of your gum line in the upper jaw, above the area where your back molars used to be. This will give the specialist adequate access. He will then gently lift the sinus membrane and insert the harvested tissue above your jawbone and below your sinus cavity. After stitching it in place, he will close the incisions.
What Happens during Recovery?
After surgery, you will be given a list of instructions to assist you with your recovery. These instructions should be carefully followed in order to prevent infection and other complications from occurring. Due to the nature of the procedure, patients should not blow their nose for a period of time, as this could dislodge the graft. If you struggle from seasonal allergies or colds, you will want to select a time frame conducive to your recovery.
It is not uncommon to experience some bleeding and pressure for the first few days. Maintaining a soft foods diet for the first week after surgery and icing your outer jaw and cheek area can help minimize pain and swelling. The overall healing period can take anywhere from three to six months. Once you have fully recovered, you can proceed with dental implant surgery. Although a sinus lift will extend your overall timeline, it could improve the success rate of your dental implants.
Contact Us Today
To learn more about sinus lift surgery and how it can improve your dental implant candidacy, please contact us online or call our office at (229) 247-3400. Dr. Hester would be glad to discuss how this procedure can benefit you and why dental implants make a great tooth replacement solution.
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