A dental sinus lift corrects the area of your upper jaw in between your molars and premolars. It fills the area on both sides of your nose, between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses.
A sinus augmentation is a dental surgical procedure. When a tooth is lost, the vacant tooth socket collapses as it recovers, leaving a toothless area. This collapse results in a loss in both height and width of the surrounding bone, which makes dental implantation impossible.
A dental sinus lift corrects the area of your upper jaw in between your molars and premolars. It fills the area on both sides of your nose, between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses. The sinus membrane will be lifted to make space for the bone.
The professionals at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will insure you understand the benefits of a sinus lift if you have lost a tooth. We offer a wide range of personalized periodontal and dental implant services to assist all patients. Our conscientious team focuses on providing quality service for your overall oral health. We will address your dental procedures in a peaceful and stress-free environment, and we will approach your unique dental care as an important partner on your health care team. If you have questions about the benefits of a sinus lift, call our Indianapolis office at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office at 317-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today.
A sinus lift is a specialized bone grafting procedure that can prepare your jaw for dental implants when the sinuses are too close to the jawbone. By lifting your sinuses away from the jawbone, adequate space can be created for the bone to grow in order to support your new dental implants.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
Prior to the beginning of the actual procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to the specific area. The jawbone is exposed by making small incisions in both the molar and premolar regions. Implant Dentistry and Periodontics then makes a small opening into the jawbone. This allows us to access the membrane that lines the sinus. That membrane in the sinus is then literally lifted up. The space that this movement creates can then be filled with a bone grafting material. Synthetic materials that imitate bone are a viable option. Upon the completion of the grafting placement, the opening is sutured closed, and the wound begins to heal. Over the next few months, the bone grafting material will be integrated with and become part of your jawbone. Now the new sinus bone will be capable of supporting stable dental implants.
A normal healing time for the sinus lift procedure is 4-9 months. After your healing is completed, the dental implants can then be installed. The bone graft procedure compensates for bone that has been lost, which in turn allows for the placement of multiple dental implants.
Post-operative care following your sinus lift is incredibly important to reduce any discomfort and avoid unnecessary complications, such as swelling or infection. One of the most important things to be aware of is to avoid blowing your nose for the next month, or even longer if necessary. If possible, also try to avoid sneezing as much as possible too. If you suffer from allergies, Sudafed or a similar decongestant certainly can be helpful.
Other than those points, immediately following your sinus lift, you will want to be attentive and make sure the gauze pad that is positioned over the area where the surgery occurred is kept in place and changed regularly until your bleeding stops. It is also important for the healing to avoid brushing or rinsing vigorously for some time following the surgery, as doing so can result in the bleeding to start up again. It is alright to begin brushing your teeth the day following your surgery, but be mindful not to brush too hard, and purchase a soft toothbrush if you do not currently own one.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.
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Are You a Candidate for a Sinus Lift Procedure?
A sinus lift may be necessary if you:
- are missing more than one tooth in the back of your arch.
- are missing a significant amount of bone in the back of your jaw.
- are missing some teeth due to a birth defect or condition.
- are missing most of your maxillary teeth and require support for dental implants.
What Bone Grafting Material is Used for a Sinus Lift?
Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will conduct a thorough examination that may include x-rays or CT scans to determine the best treatment options for your situation. In some cases, we may use your own bone, harvested from either within your mouth or another area of your body, such as the hip or below the knee. In other cases, we may use synthetic materials. We may use an advanced new bone grafting material that uses a special protein to promote bone growth. We may also use growth factors from your own blood to help foster healing.
Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care
When you schedule a sinus lift procedure with our thorough staff at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be impressed with the level of professionalism in our clinic and that we are proud of the advanced dental technology at our disposal in our office. We are very thorough and thoughtful because we understand how unique and different each situation is. We are conscientious and detail orientated in creating your personalized treatments, to ensure success that works for your desires and budget. The entire team focuses on the rebuilding of your personal asset, your healthy smile, so every dental procedure we perform is with your best interests and oral health in mind.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, our clinic has a comfortable, stress-free, and relaxing atmosphere, and we want you to be confident with our abilities and services. Scheduling an appointment for a sinus lift procedure dentistry is a greatly beneficial important step towards being proactive in your oral health and regaining your healthy smile, healthy teeth, and gums. To schedule an appointment, call our Indianapolis office, 8801 North Meridian St., Suite 103, Indianapolis, at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Suite 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.