Sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw, usually in the molar and premolar area, so that a dental implant is secure.
Some dental treatments require dental implants to be successful. Dr. Koch, of Family & Implant Dental Care, in Jasper, Texas, will need to evaluate the structural reliability of your jaw bone to determine if it can support dental implants. If he finds your bone structure needs enhancement prior to placement of dental implants, one option he may recommend is a sinus lift.
Sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure that adds bone to your upper jaw, usually in the molar and premolar area. Dr. Koch recommends the procedure to ready the jaw bone for dental implants by a bone grafting process. The bone composite grows between your jaw and your maxillary sinuses, located on either side of your nose. To allow space for new bone growth, your sinus membrane actually needs to be "lifted," therefore, sinus lift.
Two factors usually dictate if you will need a sinus lift or not to accommodate your dental treatment. One factor is if the bone in your upper jaw is weak and requires structural strengthening to support dental implants. Another factor is if your sinus cavities are in close proximity to your upper jaw. During your dental examination, Dr. Koch will determine whether you will need a sinus lift or not for him to be able to accomplish a successful dental treatment for you. If your dental history includes any of the following conditions, you may need a sinus lift.
By the use of a CT scan or x-ray, Dr. Koch or his hygienists can determine if sufficient space is available for your dental implants. If not, a sinus lift easily rectifies the situation, opening up the area.
More and more patients are choosing dental implants for their dental restorations, making sinus lifts more common. A sinus lift is a safe procedure that makes possible other dental treatments.
A sinus lift is a three-part procedure: preparation, implementation, and follow up.
Now, your new bone is ready to support the dental implant for your new tooth.
Family & Implant Dental Care recognizes that the sinus lift procedure is lengthy and painful; however, it is necessary and important to ensure a successful dental implant, so if you are apprehensive about the sinus lift procedure, please speak with one of our friendly dental team members to learn about oral sedation. Oral sedation dentistry provides a pain-free dental experience during your sinus lift – a lift that definitely gives your smile a lift.