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.
Sinus Lift Surgery in Knoxville, TN
Depending on your oral health, Dr. Cain may need to take an 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.
The 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.