Why Would I Need a Sinus Lift?
Patients who have lost teeth in the back of the upper jaw may require a sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, in order to have dental implants placed.
This is a result of bone loss following tooth loss or tooth extraction. As a result of the bone loss, the sinus in this area can expand to occupy the empty space where the tooth and 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. The good news is this is one of the most predictable areas of the mouth to have a bone graft.
How Does It Work?
The procedure is comfortably performed in our office. Some patients opt to bring headphones so they may listen to their own music. During the procedure, Dr. Gregory A. Pette will gently reposition the sinus lining further superior. The sinus has a lining that is much like the inner tube of a tire. The lining is elevated and a calcium bone scaffold is placed below it along the sinus floor. In some cases dental implants can be placed at the same time the bone graft is inserted. Otherwise the bone graft is allowed to heal and implants are placed four to six months later. This procedure, when performed by an experienced dental surgeon is highly predictable and has been proven to be a safe method to rebuild bone where it was once not thought possible.
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