With more people undergoing dental implant procedures these days, sinus lifts are also becoming much more frequent as well. This treatment is for patients who would benefit from implants but simply do not have the necessary amount of bone mass in their jaw to support them. In these cases, sinus lifts many times can provide the perfect solution.
Our experienced dental health care providers here at Advanced Dental Specialty Group have been providing these and many other implant related procedures for our patients for many years. Read on to find out more about how this treatment method works and what it may be able to do for you.
General Information About Sinus Lifts
A sinus lift is designed to increase the bone mass of the jaw to the point where it can support the incoming dental implants. It is not only one of the most common ways to address the issue of bone loss; it is also one of the most common grafting techniques as well.
The material used in a sinus lift can be one of four options, depending on what you and our staff decides is the right choice for you. When your own bone is used it is referred to as autogenous bone. Other options include a xenograft, which is from the bone of bovine. Cadaver bones are also commonly harvested to be used in grafts. Finally, there is also the option of using a synthetic, bone-like material if none of the other choices are desirable.
Is It Right for You?
There are several possible reasons that a person may suffer from lost teeth. These include periodontal disease, decay due to poor general dental health, facial trauma or some other type of accident, as well as hereditary conditions or disorders. If the main reason that you have been hesitant in pursuing implants to restore your teeth is because of a loss of jawbone mass, a sinus lift very likely may be able to solve that problem.
What Comes Before the Procedure
Before undergoing the actual sinus lift, a simple but thorough examination will need to be performed to decide what the best way to perform your procedure will be. It is during this time that you will discuss your options for the bone graft, as well as taking measurements of your mouth to properly size and fit the new bone.
What Comes During the Procedure
The actual procedure begins with a local anesthesia followed by a small incision where the back teeth were located. This makes the area easily accessible to the replacement bone. After this is completed, a small, circular hole is cut into the jawbone and the new bone is placed inside the sinus cavity. Once this is finished, the incision is sutured. The procedure takes between one and a half to two hours from start to finish.
Sinus lifts can be the exact procedure that you need to make way for an easier and more convenient implant process. To find out if this treatment may be able to address your specific dental requirements, get in touch with our oral health care experts here at Advanced Dental Specialty Group. Our office can be reached by dialing 385 381-6464. We look forward to hearing from you soon.