A sinus lift is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It is sometimes called a sinus augmentation. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or "lifted". At Lovesmile sinus lift usually is done by a specialist.
This intervention is required when there is not sufficient bone in the jaw or the sinuses are too close to insert an implant. The reasons for this condition are many:
When this procedure is performed, a portion of the maxillary sinus is filled in with bone (grafting material). The result is a thicker sinus floor into which a tooth implant can then be placed.
It can come from a variety of sources. It could come from a donor or your surgeon may choose to use synthetic material. Alternatively, your surgeon could also use your own bone, which may be recovered from areas such as your hip or shinbone.
Patients may have some swelling, or may bleed from the mouth or nose. Patients should avoid blow the nose or sneeze, because these activities can cause the bone-graft material to move, and can cause the stitches to loosen. The dentist will give the patient pain medication, antibiotics and an antimicrobial mouthwash to help prevent infection.
The dentist will administer some local anaesthetic to the area, a small flap is raised to expose the area where the bone is needed. A small window is made in order to introduce the bone into the maxillary sinus. Once the window is completed the surgeon will gently raise the sinus membrane and introduce the artificial bone very carefully.
If you are thinking of getting a dental implant on your upper jaw to replace missing teeth you may have to get a sinus lift. Call is at Lovesmile for a consultation session with one of our expert member of staff.
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