To make room for dental implants that will replace molars and premolars in the upper jaw, sinus lift surgery may be performed to ensure greater implant stability. The maxillary sinuses are on either side of the nose and in order to make room for a bone graft, the sinuses must be lifted. A sinus lift is usually used only if the patient does not have enough bone height in the upper jaw to support a dental implant or if the sinuses are too large or too close for a dental implant to be placed. A sinus lift is best performed by a specialist, like board-certified periodontist Dr. Roberto Porras of Texas Periodontal Associates in Houston. To lift the sinuses, a bone graft is taken and used from either the patient’s body, a human cadaver (allogenic) or cow (xenograft).
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Reasons for a Sinus Lift
- To prepare dental implants in the upper back jaw
- To restore bone loss from gum disease
- To increase dental implant stability
- To adjust the size of the sinus
Before the procedure, the doctor will take thorough dental X-rays to accurately measure the current anatomy of the jaw and sinuses and determine how the sinuses should be moved. Once the bone graft is prepared, the doctor will make a surgical incision in the gum tissue at the back of the mouth. Once the tissue is raised and the existing bone is visible, the graft is placed so it carefully pushes the membrane lining of the sinus up and away from the jaw. Once the bone graft is in place and the sinus is secured in a higher position, the doctor will close the incision in the gum with stitches. It usually takes about 4 – 9 months before the graft has fully bonded with the existing bone and the dental implant procedure can be performed.
After sinus lift surgery, patients should expect to have swelling in the treated areas and some blood from the nose or mouth. The doctor may prescribe medications for pain and inflammation, as well as an antibiotic to prevent an infection. Patients should use a saline spray to keep the nose moistened and avoid blowing their nose or sneezing forcefully. Patients will return to the doctor’s office in 7 – 10 days to have their stitches removed and so the doctor can check their healing progress. Patients should contact their doctor right away if the swelling, pain, or bleeding has not decreased after 2 days.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,500 - $7,200
- Recovery Time
- 48 hours
- How Long It Takes
- 2-4 hours
- Follow Up Time
- 7-10 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Make Room For Dental Implants
Thanks to advanced sinus lift surgery, patients can now have secure dental implants placed in the back of their upper jaw without harming the sinuses. With adequate room created for a bone graft in the jawbone, dental implants can last longer and feel more stable in the patient’s mouth.