Sinus Lift Procedure FAQ

01. What is a sinus lift?

A sinus lift is a 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.

02. Do I need a sinus lift?

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:

1. Many people have lost their jaw teeth, above all the rear teeth (molars or premolars), they would like to insert one or more implants, but there is insufficient bone quantity;

2. Due to cranium anatomy, the rear part of the jaw has less bone than the mandible;

The bone has been lost due to gum disease; once tooth loss has occurred, bone re-absorption begins and if the teeth have been missing for a long period, the bone left in is often slight;

03. What does the sinus lift procedure do?

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.

04. Where does the new bone material come from?

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 bone, which may be recovered from areas such as your hip or shinbone.

05. How will I feel after the sinus lift surgery?

Patients may have some swelling or may bleed from the mouth or nose. Patients should avoid blowing 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 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. The call is at Lovesmile for a consultation session with one of our expert members of staff.

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