Individuals who have previously been told they were unable to receive dental implants in their upper jaw after losing a tooth may qualify for a sinus lift, which can be provided by a Pearl Dental Clinic practitioner in a bid to improve the appearance of a person’s smile.
Sinus lift is a bone grafting procedure that can be utilised to create the preferred five millimetre bone needed to install a dental implant for a missing upper tooth by moving the sinus membrane upward and fitting additional bone between the upper jaw and maxillary sinuses.
The sinus lift bone augmentation procedure could provide significant benefits for individuals who have lost their upper molars due to periodontal gum disease or a physical accident.
In addition, the Sinus lift procedure provides more bone for individuals whose teeth have been missing for long periods of time and the bone has resorbed as a result, which is a common issue among dental patients with imperfect smiles.
Members of the public who have undergone previous tooth extractions could also benefit from the procedure. Bone loss as a result of tooth extraction, which can be as much as 40 to 60 per cent within the first three years after dental surgery is a major problem when it comes to having dental implants. Although the rate of bone resorption usually subsides after the first 12 months period, your Pearl Dental Clinic dentist may be able to provide a solution for the issue.
The treatment, which has risen in popularity to coincide with the more frequent use of dental implants, may also be used among people whose maxillary sinus is too close to their upper jaw to allow the placement of the titanium fixture.
Patients planning to undergo the Sinus lift procedure will receive a number of X-rays in preparation to ensure their specialist oral surgeon can thoroughly study their jaw and sinus anatomy. In addition, individuals will undergo a cone beam CT scan to allow the measurement of the height and width of the current bone, as well as assess the overall health of the sinus.
During the sinus lift surgery, your oral surgeon will make an incision into the cheek side of the upper jaw within the mouth where the location of the dental implant has been arranged. As a result, they will have increased access to the patient’s jaw bone that lies under the flap of gum. As the complete sinus lift surgery is carried out inside the mouth, there will not be any skin scarring afterwards.
Following this, the exposed bone is cut carefully to access the sinus membrane lining at the top to allow it to be pushed inward and upward into the sinus cavity. The membrane is then lifted to a higher level, which allows the new space to be packed with bone graft material for the fixture of a dental implant.
In special cases, your dentist will be able to install the dental implant at the same time as the sinus lift is performed. However, in the majority of instances there will be a healing period of between six and nine months depending on the type of material used to create the bone graft.
A number of different bone-graft materials can be utilised in sinus lift surgery, with most practitioners using bone taken from other areas of the mouth. Alternatively, your practitioner may choose to remove it from the hip or tibia. In other cases, frozen bone from a human, cow or other species could be used to carry out the procedure, which will be taken from a tissue bank for use. Synthetic bone can also be used in sinus lift surgery and some patients prefer this option.
Following the dental surgery, patients commonly experience swelling in the sinus area, as well as bleeding in the mouth and nose. However, they are urged not to blow their nose or sneeze forcefully to ensure the stitches are not loosened and the bone graft material stays in place.
Individuals with seasonal allergies are advised to plan the procedure for an appropriate time of year for optimum results. To ensure limited recovery time is required, nasal sprays will be provided to keep the inside of the nose moist, along with medication to limit the risk of sneezing.
Your oral surgeon will request a follow-up appointment after two weeks to remove stitches and assess the healing progress of the affected area. Patients will be then asked to return on a regular basis in order to monitor their progress.
In recent years, specialists have more commonly adopted the use of growth factor proteins, which help the newly added bone, harden over a shorter period. Taken from a patient’s blood before surgery and mixed with graft placed in the sinus, the engineered protein is available for bone formation without the grafting.
Following the procedure, patients are recommended to contact us if the pain worsens over a short period of time. Additionally, bleeding that continues for more than a short while should be treated by our 24 hour emergency dentist as soon as possible.