Sinus Lift for Dental Implants
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that is sometimes needed before getting dental implants which is performed to increase the amount of bone to strengthen the implant area.
In occasions where there is bone loss, the sinus must be moved up in order for a bone graft procedure. A sinus lift for dental implants is needed when the implant area is on the upper jaw. If the jawbone needs a bone graft, the doctor will likely need to move the sinus up. Without the extra support from the bone graft and sinus lift, a dental implant is more at risk of failing, and can also cause a perforation of the sinus membrane.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING A SINUS LIFT?
Incisions are made in the gums by the dentist to expose the jawbone. The dentist then can cut a hole into the bone, which allows the dentist to push the sinus slightly upwards enough for a successful future procedure. The bone graft material is then packed into the bone (artificial bone, donor bone, or the patient’s own bone material). The gums are then stitched closed. The sinus lift is a procedure that takes 90 to 120 minutes and 2 to 3 days of healing time.
HOW PAINFUL IS A SINUS LIFT?
For many patients, a sinus augmentation or sinus lift is not necessarily painful, but uncomfortable. During the procedure, a patient is unlikely to feel any pain but after, a patient should expect slight discomfort for a short period of time. The face can be swollen and there may be some bleeding but your dentist will likely give you pain medication and antibiotics to help.