If you are interested in getting replacement dental implants for your upper teeth, you need to meet specific requirements.
The upper jawbone is intimately affected by the sinus wall, and this is why sometimes you can feel tooth pain when your sinuses are congested from a cold. Sinus lift surgery can help you prepare for dental implant surgery.
What is a Sinus Lift?
To have a successful tooth replacement surgery, you need to have enough bone so that we can add a dental implant. When you have lost bone mass due to periodontal disease, trauma, and missing teeth, you could experience bone resorption. The upper jaw is challenging because of the proximity of the maxillary sinus wall, a space that sits right above the root of your upper teeth.
A sinus lift surgery is a procedure that increases the bone mass in the upper jaw to allow room for dental implants.
Benefits of a Sinus Lift
To diagnose the need for a sinus lift surgery, we will take x-rays and determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. The x-rays will show our surgeon the condition of the bone surrounding the missing teeth.
When you come in for the procedure, we will get you numbed using a local anesthetic. Our surgeon makes a small incision to expose the bone in the spots where your teeth used to be and place bone grafting material in the empty spaces to raise the sinus floor. These materials will fuse with the natural bone as you recover during the next several months. Once the grafting material is added, our surgeon closes the incision.
The recovery takes time and depending on the person can last up to 12 months. Once the grafting material completely fuses with the natural bone, it will allow our surgeon to add new dental implants without having the sinus wall to worry about.
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