Here at Coastal Jaw Surgery, we want to help our patients smile with renewed confidence and improved dental health. Many times that means performing oral surgery to address problems with the jawbone and gum tissue. These kinds of procedures are sometimes crucial as a way to prep patients for dental implants and other kinds of procedures.
With that in mind, we would like to take a moment to consider the sinus lift and why this oral surgery may be an important part of a dental implants procedure.
Dental Implants and the Importance of Bone Density
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into your jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, these dental implants will be able to support dental appliances of all kinds with a level of stability comparable to natural tooth roots.
For dental implants to succeed, a process known as osseointegration must take place. This means the fusion of the dental implants with the hard tissue and soft tissue of the mouth. Yet in order for that to be a possibility, there needs to be sufficient bone and gum tissue in place. When people are missing teeth for a long time, it’s possible to lose bone density and for the gums to recede.
This is where a sinus lift comes into play.
What Is a Sinus Lift?
Also known as sinus augmentation, a sinus lift is a type of bone grafting surgery that adds bone to the upper jaw, specifically to the molar and pre-molar area. To accommodate the additional bone tissue, the sinus needs to be moved upward.
Why a Sinus Lift May Be Necessary
As noted above, bone loss due to missing teeth can occur after enough time. In order to secure dental implants, it’s important to have enough hard tissue in place, and that may only be possible through a bone grafting procedure.
In addition, the dental implants may wind up too close to the sinus itself without the sinus lift and bone grafting performed. The sinus lift will primarily serve as a common sense health precaution in this regard.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
During a sinus lift, an oral surgeon begins by making an incision along the gum tissue where your upper molars were once located. The bone structure is then exposed. By creating a small window in the exposed bone, an oral surgeon can carefully push the sinus membrane up and away from the jaw. In the cavity where the sinus was previously located, hard tissue or donor bone tissue can be placed.
The incision area is then sutured shut to heal properly. The hard tissue placed in the sinus area will harden and fuse with the existing bone to help improve overall tissue density.
Recovering from Sinus Lift Surgery
Pain and discomfort are common after a sinus lift has been performed. Patients will be asked to avoid blowing their nose and avoid sneezing in order to prevent complications. Follow-up visits with the oral surgeon are necessary to monitor healing and to provide support as a patient recovers from this oral surgery procedure.
The final results of sinus lift surgery will require several months. This is how long it takes for the bone tissue to fuse together. Only after that has occurred will your upper jaw be ready to receive dental implants.
Contact the Team at Coastal Jaw Surgery
To learn more about sinus lift and how dental implants can benefit you, be sure to contact our advanced oral surgery center today. The team at Coastal Jaw Surgery looks forward to your visit and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.
Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about the cost of dental implants or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.