If you have heard about the restorative power of dental implant technology, but feel that you are not a good fit, then a sinus lift may be what you are looking for. A sinus lift procedure can help augment the mass of your jawbone, making you a better candidate for dental implants. If you are considering a sinus lift, Mor Smiles can help you with every step of the process, from deciding if it is right for you to, getting the treatment itself.
What a Sinus Lift Is
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure, also known as a sinus augmentation. During the procedure, one of our first-class dental professionals increases your upper jaw’s bone height. We call this treatment a sinus lift because we have to “lift” the membrane of your sinuses to make space for the added bone. Sinus lifts have helped many patients become ideal candidates for dental implants so that they no longer have to deal with the risks and hassle of treatments like dental bridges and dentures.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Sinus Lift?
If you are considering dental implants to replace one or more missing, damaged, or diseased teeth, but have been turned away because you lack sufficient bone density, then a sinus lift might be able to help you. Patients for whom a sinus lift can prove to be beneficial have sinuses that are overly close to their jawbone or have undergone a loss of bone in their upper jaw. You may have experienced bone loss if you have lost one or more of your rear teeth, or if you have had gum or bone disease. If you are not sure whether you have lost bone mass, you can come into our office for a comprehensive diagnostic exam.
How to Prepare for a Sinus Lift
A sinus lift involves a bone graft, and we have to obtain that bone from a particular source. That might be somebody else’s bone, animal bone, or even bone from your own body, which entails an extra surgery.
What You Can Expect During a Sinus Lift
During a sinus lift, our team of dental experts make a small incision in the gum tissue at the future site of the implantation, exposing the bone. We delicately drill a hole in the exposed bone so we can raise the sinus before packing it full of bone graft material. Recovering from this operation can take as long as a year, though usually it is no more than a few months. We will keep a close eye on you during your recovery process, and as soon as you are fully healed you will be the perfect candidate for a dental implant.
Find Out if You Are a Candidate Today!
If you have been wanting dental implants but have been afraid that you might not be a good candidate, then a sinus lift procedure might be perfect for you. To schedule a consultation and learn more about how a sinus lift can help you, call Mor Smiles at 223-258-5088 today!