A sinus lift (sometimes called a sinus augmentation) is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the molar or bicuspid region. Dental specialists use this procedure when a patient requires a dental implant, and the volume of the bone in the upper jaw is inadequate.
A successful dental implant relies on a strong jawbone. When a tooth is extracted in the upper jaw, there is often just a thin wall of bone that separates the maxillary sinuses and the mouth. If the remaining bone is too weak due to injury, extraction, or periodontal disease, a sinus lift may be necessary. An Oral and Maxillofacial (OMF) surgeon can perform this surgery to help restore your mouth and smile.
Purpose of Sinus Lifts
Sinus augmentations raise the sinus floor to make room for bone growth. Bone grafting in the newly formed space can help build bone density to prepare the jaw for dental implants. You may be a candidate for a sinus lift if you have any of the following conditions:
- You had teeth extracted from the back of the upper jaw
- You don’t have a sufficient amount of bone in your jaw
- You are missing teeth due to a congenital disability
- Your maxillary sinuses are too close to the mouth
Missing teeth as an adult can cause severe deformities in your mouth and face. If you have any of the above conditions, you may require a sinus augmentation followed by bone grafting. Consult with a reputable OMF surgeon in your area to learn more.
Sinus Lift Procedure
Sinus lifts require surgery and take several steps to complete. A high-quality OMF surgeon can perform this surgery with little to no discomfort or complications. The first thing your oral surgeon will do is take an x-ray to determine the location of your sinus and quality of bone. From there, he or she will decide the next steps.
The surgery begins with a small incision in the gums to expose the jawbone. From there, a small hole is made in the bone to access the membrane that lines the sinus. The membrane is pushed upward to create space and filled with bone grafting material.
Once the OMF surgeon places the material, the incision is sutured and left alone. The bone grafting material will help stimulate bone growth, and after a few months, your jaw should be ready for dental implants.
Sinus lifts coupled with bone grafts allow patients to restore their smile without the use of dentures. They can help treat both medical and cosmetic issues in the oral region in only a few months. Should you need a sinus lift, talk to an experienced OMF surgeon today.
Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral Surgery has over 25 years treating patients of all ages and is eager to help you, too. She and her team are there for you every step of the way and can answer any questions you may have regarding your procedure. Contact the office at (201) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment today.