Why Do I Need a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is often necessary for patients who have lost teeth in the upper premolar or molar areas of the jaw in order to have dental implants placed.
In cases of sufficient of bone loss, the sinuses may become repositioned in a way in which it makes correctly placing a dental implant impossible. In these situations the sinuses need to be moved far enough away from the site of the implant to allow for proper anchoring an ultimately a successful dental implant.Contact Us Today
Sinus Lift in Longview, TX
Patients who have had missing teeth for an extended period of time often require a sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, to increase the probability of a successful implant. This can be due to circumstances in which the bone in the area where teeth are missing naturally beings to shrink or resorb over time, the roots of the teeth were originally positioned either very close to or within the sinus cavity, or the vertical height of the bone is not sufficient enough to support an implant. As a result of bone loss, the sinuses can expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be. With insufficient bone to securely place a dental implant, a sinus lift is necessary to move the sinus away from the roots of the teeth or to create additional bone in the area.Contact Us Today
There are two forms of sinus lift procedures. The form that you receive depends upon your individual needs and the amount of bone that is present. Your doctor will discuss your options prior to the procedure.
Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the site. In one form of the sinus lift procedure, the doctor will create a small opening in the bone to access the sinus cavity. Using a small instrument, the doctor will gently lift the sinus into a more favorable position. This procedure helps to encourage natural bone growth to fill the space created, but a bone grafting material is often placed beneath the newly raised sinus cavity along the existing bone. This grafting material will then mesh with your existing bone, thus creating more bone.
A second form of the sinus lift, or augmentation, procedure involves gaining access to the sinus cavity through an opening created in the bone. Bone is grafted to the floor of the sinus to increase the bone height. The sinus is not actually lifted in this case, but rather filled in a bit to increase the bone to a sufficient thickness that can support an implant.
Sinus Lift Procedure
Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic is applied to the site. The doctor will then create a small opening in the bone to access the sinus cavity. Using a small instrument, the doctor will then gently lift the sinus back to its original position. A grafting material is then placed beneath the newly raised sinus cavity along the existing bone. This grafting material will then mesh with your bone, thus creating more bone.Contact Us Today
After the Procedure
You will usually require between four and nine months to heal completely from the sinus lift procedure before dental implants can be placed. This increase in bone will compensate for bone that has been lost or was not present to begin with and will allow for one or more implants to be placed. Without this procedure, some patients will not qualify for dental implants in the upper premolar or molar regions of the mouth.
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This begins with a thorough exam that introduces the patients to what a healthy mouth consists of. You should expect an experience unlike most other dental visits; informative and health-centered. Whether you require dental implants, LANAP® Laser Treatment, or any other procedure that we offer, we look forward to providing you with the exceptional oral care that you are looking for. If you have questions, please contact us. You can also send an appointment request through our convenient online form.