Sinus Lifts Create Space for Additional Bone
In order to place dental implants, adequate bone density is required to hold the implant post securely. In some instances, you may not have enough bone in the upper arch below your sinuses, to support implants. This can be the cause of bone loss from periodontal disease, bone deterioration, or even large sinus membranes. If this is the case, a sinus lift may be appropriate to add bone where it is most needed to allow for dental implants.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
The process for a sinus lift is:
An X-ray is taken of your jaw to find your bone density and sinus location
Gum tissue will be removed from the bone above your back molars
A small opening is made in the bone to access the sinus cavity
Your sinus membrane is gently moved to make room for additional bone
A bone graft is inserted where the sinus was lifted
The gums are stitched back in place to heal
After being allowed to heal, dental implants can be placed
Protect Your Oral and Overall Health
While a sinus lift may seem like a daunting procedure, you should not put this off out of fear or anxiety. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is important for your oral health. Without the procedure, you may be susceptible to additional bone and tooth loss.. Dr. John Cherry has advanced training in conscious sedation and can give you options that will make your experience as pain-free and relaxing as possible.