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Sinus Lift Surgery Columbus OH

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Sinus Lift Surgery Columbus OH

"Because we believe that great dentistry and great health affects your
every smile, every conversation, every meal, and every kiss profoundly"

What is a Sinus Lift Surgery?

A sinus lift procedure (also called sinus augmentation) involves adding bone to the upper jaw near the back teeth (molars). It is typically done when there is not enough bone in the jaw to support existing teeth or implants, or when the sinuses are too close to the jaw. In order for the bone to be added, the sinus membrane must be “lifted.”

Who Needs a Sinus Lift Surgical Procedure?

There are many reasons why a patient may need a sinus lift. Dental implant candidates who have lost upper teeth in their jaw bone. A patient in need of dental implants may not have the proper upper jaw bone support to accept dental implant without cracking or chipping.

Patients with incorrect bite and missing teeth may also need a sinus lift. When a patient’s bite is not evenly distributed amongst all teeth, the jaw bone will begin to deteriorate in the spaces where there are teeth missing.

Missing teeth will cause the bite pressure to be transferred onto neighboring teeth, causing damage and instability to spread. Since the jaw bone isn’t being stimulated by living tooth roots or normal pressure, it will become more susceptible to disease and continue to deteriorate, causing more tooth loss and a detrimental effect on facial appearance.

Patient has naturally thin jaw bone and large sinus cavities are at most risk for problems with deteriorating bone after tooth loss. If dental implants are desired, the bone must be fortified and the sinus cavity raised to allow safe placement and for the implants to be accepted by the bone in the upper jaw.

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Sinus Lift Procedure

Before the surgery, X-rays will need to be taken on the upper jaw to determine the size of the existing bone and the health of the sinuses. A lengthy consultation will follow, outlining your options for the sinus lift and subsequent dental implants.

A small piece of bone may need to be removed from somewhere else in the body (often from the hip or lower leg), or it may be taken from a cadaver (the bone is sterilized and is completely safe.)

The procedure involves opening a small, circular window through the gum and into the bone where the extracted molars used to be. The sinus membrane is gently pushed upwards, and custom fitted pieces of new bone are inserted into the space. Once the bone is in place, the area is sutured, and the healing process begins. Implants can be placed four to nine months afterward, depending on the patient’s healing time and the acceptance of the bone into the patient’s body.

After the dental implants are placed, an additional amount of healing time is needed for the final procedure to be finished. In most cases, the titanium post will be inserted into the jaw bone first and a healing time of a few months will pass to allow the bone to fuse together with the post. Then, the dental professional will add the abutment, which will act as the foundation for the dental restoration that will follow. Finally, a dental crown, dental bridge, or even a fixed denture may be added to the implant to complete the procedure.

Benefits of a Sinus Lift

The main benefit of a sinus lift is the ability to safely and effectively place dental implants in the upper jaw after the lift is completed. A dental implant is the only permanent solution for tooth replacement. It creates a solid foundation for the restoration with a post placed under the gum line and into the bone.

A titanium post will be screwed into the jaw bone, and an abutment will be attached with a dental crown on top. This is the only procedure that can provide results that not only look like real teeth but feel real function like your original teeth. After a few months, the titanium post will have fused together with the jaw bone to create the much-needed strength and support for the dental crown and to withstand normal bite pressure.

When the upper jaw bone is too weak to withstand the demands of a dental implant, a sinus lift can be done to improve the strength of bone. The quality and quantity of the bone surrounding an implant is the main key to success when it comes to implants. A sinus lift procedure can increase the chances of success by allowing the periodontist to expand the amount and quality of bone in the sinus area.

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Home Care after a Sinus Lift Surgical Augmentation

Recovering from this type of procedure may not be categorized as minimal. Immediately after the sinus lift, you will experience swelling and soreness around the sinus areas. There may also be some slight bleeding from the nose or mouth. These are normal side effects of the surgery.

It is recommended to stay well-rested in the days following the procedure. If you experience abnormal bleeding for more than two days, contact our office and we may schedule an early follow-up to ensure that healing is progressing properly.

You will be given medication to alleviate the discomfort associated with this procedure, and antibiotics if necessary. To ensure the sutures stay into place, you will be asked to do your best not to sneeze or blow your nose in the days after the surgery.

A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for sutures to be removed if non-dissolvable ones were used, and for the status of healing to be monitored. Any follow up questions or concerns can be addressed at this time, to ensure you feel comfortable and are getting used to your raised sinus cavity.

Ask us About Sinus Lift Surgery

If you are interested in more information about sinus lift surgery at Stoner Periodontic Specialists, give us a call. One of our team members will answer your questions and can schedule you for an evaluation. A sinus lift can be extremely beneficial to a patient who is in need of a dental implant and who doesn’t have the jaw bone strength needed to withstand the implant pressure.