Sinus lift surgery is a minor surgery in which your dentist makes more room for bone grafts. The procedure offers you a chance to receive dental implants if you don’t have enough jawbone to anchor the implants properly. Other names for sinus lift surgery include sinus grafts and sinus augmentation.
To determine if you’re a candidate for sinus lift surgery, your New Jersey Dental Specialists provider discusses your oral health history and desired outcome with you. They examine your teeth and gums and take dental X-rays before personalizing a treatment plan that matches your needs.
You might have jawbone loss because of birth defects, gum disease, or cancer. If you have a fragile jawbone or large sinus cavities, you could also develop bone loss in your jaw. If you’d like to receive dental implants to replace missing permanent teeth, your provider might recommend a sinus lift for you.
Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after undergoing a sinus lift. Right before the procedure, your dentist numbs the treatment area and offers a sedative to help you feel more relaxed or fall asleep.
Your surgeon makes tiny incisions in the back part of your gum tissue to expose the affected bone. They then cut a portion of the bone and raise the sinus membrane. Your dental surgeon applies bone grafting materials into the lifted area and closes incisions in your gums.
After sinus lift surgery, follow all postsurgery instructions. You can expect some bleeding and swelling for a few days. Get plenty of rest, take medications as directed by your specialist, and avoid strenuous exercise, brushing your teeth, and drinking through a straw for a period of time.
Try not to sneeze or blow your nose during the healing process and avoid smoking. Attend follow-up appointments with the New Jersey Dental Specialists team and call the office if you experience new or worsening side effects.
After tissues heal and your jawbone grows, New Jersey Dental Specialists could be able to place dental implants in your jaw to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sinus lift surgery at New Jersey Dental Specialists and find out if you’re a candidate for the procedure.