Bone recession and your natural anatomy can place the maxillary sinuses too close to the upper jaw to safely accommodate a dental implant. A sinus lift can safely reposition the sinus membrane and add bone tissue so you can take advantage of an implant-supported restoration.
Why do I need a sinus lift?
Setting the stage for dental implants: Like tooth roots, dental implants require a certain amount of bone tissue for support. Without adequate bone tissue, dental implants may not be an option for you.
Long-term benefits: Dental implants halt the bone recession that follows tooth loss. With proper care, your augmented upper jaw will retain its bone tissue, allowing you to experience the benefits of implants for decades.
Safer treatment: Depending on the state of your upper jaw, placing implants could easily harm the maxillary sinuses without first undergoing a sinus lift.
What are the steps to a sinus lift?
Your dentist will take x-rays to determine how much of a lift is necessary.
On the day of surgery, you will receive local anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort. Next, an incision is placed in the gums, exposing the bone tissue that serves as the sinus wall.
A "window" incision is created in the bone, and the sinus membrane is gently lifted.
Grafting material is used to fill the resulting space.
During a healing period that can take four months to a year, the graft will become integrated with the jaw and spur the growth of new bone tissue.
Once your dentist has determined that the graft has completely healed and you can safely receive implants, he or she can begin planning your implant placement surgery.
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