Dental implants have improved the field of restorative dentistry, offering patients a way to regain lost teeth with remarkable stability and natural aesthetics. However, when it comes to the upper jaw, certain challenges can arise due to the presence of the sinus cavities. Sinus lift procedures can enhance the feasibility of dental implant placement to deliver a successful outcome.
What is a sinus lift?
A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is a procedure designed to increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw, specifically near the premolars and molars. This becomes necessary when the bone has deteriorated over time, leaving insufficient bone height for stable implant placement.
The procedure involves accessing the sinus membrane through a small incision in the gums. The membrane is then gently lifted, and bone graft material is placed in the resulting space. This promotes the growth of new bone over time, creating a solid foundation for dental implants. Once the graft has integrated with the existing bone, dental implant placement becomes feasible.
A sinus lift is typically recommended in cases where the upper jaw has experienced bone loss, preventing the secure placement of dental implants. Some common scenarios include:
- Long-term tooth loss in the upper back teeth, leading to bone deterioration.
- Anatomically low sinus position, reducing the available bone height.
- Natural bone resorption following tooth extraction.
Before recommending a sinus lift, Dr. Mike and the Cleveland Implant Institute care team will conduct a thorough assessment, which may include X-rays or CT scans. This evaluation helps determine whether a sinus lift is necessary and provides helps determine the appropriate timing and approach.
Benefits of sinus lifts
Sinus lifts and implants offer the following benefits:
- Enhanced chances of implant success: By ensuring adequate bone support, a sinus lift significantly increases the chances of successful dental implant integration and stability.
- Restored functionality: Dental implants placed in the upper jaw after a sinus lift can restore chewing efficiency and allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without concern.
- Improved aesthetics: Dental implants supported by a healthy bone foundation closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, contributing to an attractive smile.
- Preservation of facial structure: Dental implants stimulate bone growth, preventing further bone loss and preserving the facial contours that can be compromised by missing teeth.
The sinus lift process
The sinus lift process is similar to regular bone grafting procedures. Here’s what to expect:
- Consultation: Mike will assess your oral health, review your medical history, and perform imaging to determine the need for a sinus lift.
- Preparation: Before the procedure, we may recommend antibiotics or other medications to prevent infection.
- Surgery: The sinus lift procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
- Recovery: After the procedure, follow your care team’s post-operative instructions carefully to promote healing. You may experience some swelling or discomfort, but these symptoms should subside shortly.
- Implant placement: Once the graft has integrated, Dr. Mike will proceed with implant placement.
If you’re interested in dental implants, call the Cleveland Implant Institute today. We’ll schedule a consultation to determine which procedures may be right for your unique needs.