Need to replace missing molars but don’t have good bone structure to support dental implants? We can help you at Sunrise Dental and Implant Center. In fact, we consider it a privilege to help patients take advantage of the gold standard benefits of implant dentistry. For some patients, this involves a sinus lift procedure, a strategic and highly effective way to get successful dental implants when there is bone loss around missing upper molars.
What Is a Sinus Lift?
Bone loss in the upper back jaw is common. This bone deterioration can occur from disease, infection or injury. Some patients may also be told they don’t qualify for dental implants because their sinuses are too close to their jaw. With our expertise in modern implant dentistry, neither scenario will necessarily exclude you from getting dental implants. Instead, we can perform a sinus lift or sinus augmentation to resolve this obstacle of bone loss and give dental implants enough healthy, dense bone to be successful.
Since the maxillary sinuses are located directly above the upper jawbone, we can lift the sinus membrane that separates the mouth and sinuses and make room for a bone graft into the upper jaw. Only a small incision will be made in the gums during a sinus lift or sinus lift graft. Over time, the bone will heal and fuse together to form a firm foundation for your dental implants.
What Should You Expect After a Sinus Lift?
At Sunrise Dental and Implant Center, we prioritize patient comfort at every step. While swelling and minor bleeding are normal and temporary after a sinus lift procedure, you can trust that our team will monitor your post-operative recovery closely. To this end, we want to hear from you if you experience any of the following that may indicate an urgent complication:
- Swelling or pain increases after the first few days
- Bleeding increases or is bright red
- Feeling of graft dislodging after sneezing or blowing your nose
Plan to allow at least six months for your sinus lift procedure to fully healed and your implant surgery to begin. We promise the outcome will be well worth your investment. To learn more about a sinus lift procedure for upper dental implants, please contact our Fairfield dentist office today to schedule your visit.