Dental implants are more and more popular. Many people love the idea of replacing their bridges and dentures with new teeth, or to at least anchor these devices with dental implants. Sometimes, however, a person might not have enough room in their upper jaw to fit implants safely. That’s where sinus lift surgery comes into play, offered by the Marconi Dental Group in Sacramento.
What is Sinus Lift Surgery?
A sinus lift is a bone graft procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw, or maxilla. Just above the maxilla are the maxillary sinuses — the largest sinus cavities in the skull. To safely install implants into the maxilla, there needs to be enough bone so that the implant anchors don’t go all the way through and puncture your sinuses. If these get punctured, it could lead to serious complications.
Since the maxillary sinuses are so large, they can accommodate the addition of extra bone. A sinus lift procedure adds a thin layer of bone between the sinus and the maxilla. This provides the extra material needed so that the implant anchors can fuse with the maxilla and not puncture the sinus.
Details on Sinus Lift Surgery
Your Sacramento dentist at the Marconi Dental Group scrupulously prepares to make your sinus lift surgery successful. We start by taking detailed x-ray images of your maxilla. This enables measurements that are checked, re-checked and verified, after which we discuss with you the important details of the planned procedure.
During sinus lift surgery, your dentist cuts through the gum tissue and exposes the maxilla. Then a hole is opened at the top of the maxilla, exposing the sinus membrane without compromising it. If the membrane is punctured, the sinus lift procedure is put on hiatus for a few months until the membrane fully heals.
With the sinus membrane intact, your dentist carefully pushes it upward, creating a small space between the membrane and the maxilla, and then fills that gap with graft material. (Note: different graft materials are now available — our website’s page on bone grafting has more information.) As you heal over the next four to nine months, the grafting material fuses with your maxilla and becomes as strong as the rest of your bone. After careful inspection by your dentist, you’ll be ready for dental implants.
If you would like more information about dental implants, please visit the page here on our website, give us a call, or schedule a free consultation. Whether you would benefit from sinus lift surgery or just dental implants, we can help restore and improve your smile.