A Sinus Lift Can Help Restore Your Candidacy for Dental Implants
A sinus augmentation, also known as a sinus lift, is a preparatory procedure that can help patients with bone loss or structural concerns restore their candidacy for dental implants. In the past, patients with missing teeth who had already suffered jawbone loss were told that they were not good candidates for implants. Lack of treatment led to additional bone loss, changes in facial structure, and other symptoms. Thanks to his in-office technology and 20 years in practice, Dr. Daniel M. Whiteman can perform these preparatory procedures for dental implants at his office in Brookline, MA.
A sinus lifts raises the floor of the sinus membrane, making room in your upper jaw to accommodate dental implants.
Do You Need a Sinus Lift?
Not all patients who are receiving dental implants will require a sinus lift before implant surgery. However, a sinus lift can help patients address:
- Bone loss in upper jaw
- Upper sinus cavity that is too low
A sinus lift can help raise the sinus floor and promote bone growth in your upper jaw. Once you've fully recovered, the new bone tissue can provide a stable foundation for your dental implants.
For some patients, Dr. Whiteman may be able to perform a sinus lift alongside a bone graft to consolidate your healing and address multiple missing teeth in different regions of your jawbone.
Dr. Whiteman offers various sedation options to help you feel at ease during surgery. We also want you to feel comfortable during your procedure, and our office provides pillows, blankets, and satellite radio to help make your surgery a therapeutic experience. Dr. Whiteman will begin by creating a small incision in your gums where your new implant will be placed. Once he has accessed the jawbone, he will create a circular incision on the bone and raise the piece up into the sinus floor. The remaining space will be filled with a bone grafting material to promote bone growth, and your incisions will be closed.
While you heal, the bone grafting material will fuse with the surrounding jawbone and create a healthy, stable foundation for your new dental implants. Although the healing period will vary from patient to patient, most patients are ready to undergo dental implant surgery six to nine months following the procedure.
Recovering from a Sinus Lift
Following sinus lift surgery, most patients experience some minor discomfort in addition to swelling and tenderness. Any pain can be managed by over-the-counter or prescription medications. To protect your incisions and guard against infection, Dr. Whiteman will give you a detailed outline of any dietary restrictions and antibiotics that will aid in your recovery. Smoking and uncontrolled blood sugar have also been linked to slow healing, so it is important that you maintain your overall health to promote oral health.
Call Us Today
If you have previously been told by a dentist that you lack sufficient bone tissue for dental implants, a sinus lift can help give you a healthy foundation for your dental implants. For some patients, Dr. Whiteman may be able to perform a sinus lift alongside a bone graft to consolidate your healing and address multiple missing teeth in different regions of your jawbone. Our office can provide all aspects of treatment for missing teeth, from preparatory procedures to your permanent restorations. Schedule an appointment by calling our office at (617) 731-4746 or by contacting us online.