Learn more about the sinus lift procedure
Many medical procedures take place in dental clinics such as the sinus lift procedure. This is a surgery that an oral surgeon, periodontist or maxillofacial surgeon can perform. The sinus lift procedure is a surgery performed to add bone to the upper jaw where premolars and molars are located. The surgeon inserts the extra bone between the maxillary sinuses and the jaw which can be in either side of the nose. In this procedure, the sinus membrane is moved upwards to create room for the new bone.
When can the sinus lift procedure be performed?
This procedure is mostly recommended when there is little, or lack of enough bone height in your upper jaw or your sinuses are close to the jaw making it difficult for a dental implant. The small bone height can be as a result of the following reasons;
A majority of the people who have undergone tooth extraction more so the molars, they don’t have enough bone height. This is because of the skull anatomy; the lower jaw has more bones than the upper jaw.
The bone might have been lost due to periodontal or gum disease that was not handled in time.
Sometimes tooth removal can result in loss of bone. When the teeth is no more, the bone starts being reabsorbed back into the body. In the event the teeth has been missing for a while, then there will be little bone space left for implants.
Maxillary sinus being too close to the jaw might lead to a lack of enough implant space. The sinus size and shape vary from one person to another. In some individual cases, the sinus size can increase as you age.
How is the procedure performed?
The surgeon starts the procedure by cutting the gum tissues in the area where the back teeth were, before the extraction. The tissue is then raised to expose the bone, and a small window opens up in the bone. The membrane lining your sinus on the other side separates the sinus from the jaw. The layer is then pushed away gently by the surgeon to provide enough space for the implant process to take place.
Bone-graft material granules are after that packed in the space left by sinus. The amount of bone to be added above the jaw varies depending on the amount of space available. After the surgeon places the bone successfully, he/she closes the tissues with stitches. Your implant will now be placed after the additional bone bonds with your jaw and can take up to nine months. The surgeon must wait for you to heal completely before performing the dental implant procedure. Healing time also depends on the amount of bone space needed as well as your health condition.
After undergoing the sinus lift procedure, the dentist will schedule several visits to the specialists to monitor the healing progress. Some patients might experience swelling, nose or mouth bleeding which should be controlled to avoid further health complications. Saline sprays are essential to keep your nose inner lining wet and some prescribed medicines to prevent inflammation and congestion. Join our institution today and learn the sinus lift procedure as well as meet our specialists to guide you.