Have you ever felt that your jaw loses strength or teeth are becoming loose?
The average person reaches the peak of bone mass, in their late adolescence and into the early twenties (90 percent by age 18).
However, there comes a time when changes in our body, begin to have negative effects on us. Sometimes our jaw bone will reduce in size and depth, to solve these problems dentist will perform a dental surgery called: Sinus Lift.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A Sinus Lift is a surgery in which bone is added to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. The bone will be added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, an area on either side of our nose.
To perform this dental surgery the dentist will need to performed several procedures. Overall your specialist (either an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a periodontist) will make room for bone, by “lifting” the sinus membrane.
Sinus Lift Procedure
In order to perform this surgery two steps will be required, the preparation and the surgery.
The first step to this dental surgery is determining the bone source and its preparation. The bone that will be used in Sinus Lift, may come from your own body (autogenous bone) a cadaver (allogeneic bone), or a cattle bone (xenograft).
When one’s own bone is used in the Sinus Lift, it usually comes from areas of your mouth or body. In the case of Sani Dental Group our clinic uses artificial bone, bone from your own body or from a cadaver. After determining the source you will need a dental x-rays to be taken in order to study the anatomy of your jaw and sinuses. The dental clinic may need a special type of x-ray, a CT Scans, in order to accurately measure the height and width of your existing bone and to evaluate the health of your sinus.
After the surgeon has examine your jaw’s x-rays and CT Scans the second step is performing the dental surgery. To begin your dental surgeon will cut your gum, where the back of your teeth (molars and premolars) used to be. Afterwards the sinus tissue will be raise or “lifted”, this will exposed the bone.
To lift the sinus membrane, the membrane will be gently be pushed up and away from your jaw. Once the space has been open, the surgeon will add the bone-graft material that was created. The bone-graft will be added in the opening made.
Once finish, the opening will be closed with stiches. To allow the graft material and your bone to properly combine, the surgeon will set up a follow-up appointment to evaluate the results. The amount of time will depend on the amount of bone-graft that was used.
Also, the dental surgeon will ask you to wait 7 to 10 days after the surgery is performed. This will reduce swelling and avoid bleeding. After the months have passed, your implants can be placed.
Fact: If you have seasonal allergies, we recommend you schedule the procedure when they are not active.
The steps and procedures mentioned in this post are procedures available in the medical field; however, not all these treatments and procedures are perform at Sani Dental Group. To confirm if this procedure is perform at our dental clinics, please contact us directly.
Why Sinus Lift is Needed
This dental surgery can be performed for a variety of reasons, the most common reasons include:
- Bone loss caused by tooth loss. When teeth is missing for a long time, jaw bone deforms and is reduced or lost.
- Bone may have been lost because of periodontal (gum) disease.
- For people who have lost teeth in their upper jaw – either the molars or back teeth – they do not have enough bone for an implants to be placed.
- The maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw for implants to be placed.
The Risks to a Sinus Lift
With today’s technologies and dentist skills there is little to no risk or secondary effect associated with this dental surgery.
The main risk of a Sinus Lft is that the sinus membrane could be punctured or torn.
Another rare problem that can occur is the risk of infection.
Implants placed can also fail to fused, because the existing bone does not integrate with the bony graft material and the grafted area does not develop a blood supply.
Keep in mind that these risks are rare, but have occurred. In the case of Sani Dental Group, our professional dentist have perform countless dental surgeries and have the skills necessary to identify a possible problem before it occurs.
This is one of the reasons why the dentist will ask you to stay and return within a week or so to evaluate the surgery.
Always remember that for Sani Dental Group your dental health is our priority. A Sinus Lift surgery is a dental surgery that can restore your smile, protect your teeth and make you happy.
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