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Sinus Lift SurgeryKnoxville, TN

Sinus Lift SurgeryAn Overview

Sinus lift surgery is necessary for patients who are receiving dental implants and need to create more room in the jaw for the implant to be properly placed. The sinus lift surgery will not only create enough room for the dental implant, but it will help thicken the sinus floor to help support the dental implant. The sinus lift surgery adds a bone between your jaw and maxillary sinuses. Sinus lift surgery is needed for patients who:

  • have lost teeth in the upper jaw
  • lost bone due to periodontal (gum) disease
  • have experienced tooth loss that may have led to the bone loss as well
  • do not have an adequate amount of room between the maxillary sinus and the upper jaw

It may be frightening and frustrating to hear that you need sinus lift surgery in order to get dental implants. In reality, there is no need to worry; the sinus lift surgery is a common procedure that results in a strong foundation for those needing dental implants. Because of this revolutionary procedure, people who have experienced bone loss are still able to get dental implants. Dental implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth and will allow you to live a better quality lifestyle.

I was very impressed with everyone in the office. Dr. Cain spent time with me and I never felt rushed. He explained my options and was very thorough. When I went to check out I was told the only fee was to write a check for $50.00 to one of…Susanna B.
The whole staff is friendly, efficient and professional - very good visit!Joseph B.
All of you are great! For myself, organization, efficiency, professionalism, cleanliness along with laughter are extremely important in which all were exceeded with my office visit. My many questions were answered in the depth to which I understood, which was greatly appreciated. Thank you again for great care!!!Debra G.

Sinus Lift Surgery What to Expect

Depending on your oral health, Dr. Cain may need to take and x-ray before the procedure to analyze your jaw and sinuses. A CT scan may help measure the height and width of the jaw bone.

Before the surgery, the bone needed for your sinus lift surgery will need to be extracted from your own body. Usually, the bone is taken from your hip or the bone beneath your knee. If extracting bone from your body is unattainable, then synthetic material or prepared bone from a tissue bank can be used in its absence.

Once the implanted bone is received, Dr. Cain will make a small incision in your gum tissue on the cheek side where the dental implant will be placed. Once the incision is made, Dr. Cain will open your gum tissue, exposing the jawbone, and gently push it towards the sinus cavity. This provides a new bone and foundation for a tooth implant to be properly placed. The sinus membrane is pushed toward the sinus cavity as well.

Bone graft material is placed in the small space below the lifted sinus cavity. Once the bone graft has been placed, the gum tissue flap is sutured. In special cases, the implant can be placed into the mouth after the sinus lift surgery. However, in most cases, patients need to wait several months for their mouth to heal. The surgery will generally take from one to one and a half hours.

The downside to needing this procedure is it extends the treatment time for dental implants. You will need to wait about six to nine months after your sinus lift surgery before your dental implants can be surgically placed in the new bone. The implants should be left to heal for another three to six months. Finally, after almost twelve months, your dental restoration can be placed. At your consultation with Dr. Cain, he will discuss the best option for your oral health after a thorough examination.

Sinus Lift Surgery FAQs

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone underneath your gums for the replacement of missing teeth. After they are properly secured, Dr. Cain will attach a dental crown, bridge or denture for a natural-looking and highly functional missing tooth replacement.

Is sinus lift surgery painful?

Dr. Cain offers sedation dentistry to minimize any pain or discomfort you may feel. You will be under sedation during your sinus lift surgery so that you are relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. If you feel pain after the procedure, over the counter anti-inflammatory medication can be used.

What is the recovery for sinus lift surgery like?

After the sinus lift surgery, you may have swelling or bleeding at the surgery site. If necessary, pain medication can be prescribed for any discomfort you may feel. You may also be prescribed saline spray, antibiotic, and antimicrobial mouthwash to help during the healing process. After your surgery, Dr. Cain will schedule a follow-up appointment to check your progress and remove your stitches if they don’t dissolve on their own.

Robert C. Cain, DDS

Why choose East Tennessee Periodontics, LLC?

Dr. Robert Cain is a highly trained and experienced periodontist serving Knoxville, TN and many communities of the Hardin Valley. Dr. Cain offers comprehensive periodontics, periodontal surgeries, cosmetic treatments and short term orthodontics for addressing a wide range of concerns. We also provide second opinions for periodontics and dental implants which include a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, occlusal function, and diagnostics.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cain contact our office at (865) 276-7173 for new patients or (865) 407-2165 for current patients.
You may also schedule a consultation with our convenient online form.