A sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is performed to add bone tissue to the upper jaw to avoid disrupting the sinus cavity with dental implants. Following tooth loss in the upper jaw, the bone tissue will recede, allowing the sinus cavity to drop into the void. By raising the sinus membrane to its proper position and adding bone tissue underneath, Dr. John S. McIntyre in Brooklyn, NY, can help you safely experience the many benefits of dental implants.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is similar to a standard dental bone graft. It is performed by making a small, hinged access point in the upper jaw. The sinus membrane is carefully raised to an appropriate position, and bone grafting material is added in the area to maintain the new position of the sinus tissue. Sutures are placed too close the incision and protect the surgical site. The result is repositioned sinus tissue and an enhanced foundation for a dental implant. Once the graft has integrated with the jaw and the implants are in place, the jaw will receive the stimulation it needs in order to prevent any further bone atrophy.
Am I a Candidate for a Sinus Lift?
To determine if a sinus lift is necessary, Dr. McIntyre will perform a full assessment. X-rays and scans will be taken to evaluate the position of the sinus membrane and determine the overall health of the jawbone. He may recommend a sinus lift procedure if:
- You have experienced bone resorption following tooth loss.
- The roots of your teeth were either too close to the sinus cavity or actually inside the cavity.
- There is bone damage due to periodontal disease.
Dr. McIntyre is an experienced oral surgeon who can help you to safely experience the many valuable benefits of dental implants. He can determine if any preparatory procedures, such as a sinus lift, are necessary.
Immediately following your sinus lift, you will be prescribed antibiotics and pain medication. Most patients experience minimal discomfort. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can be taken to reduce swelling and alleviate any tenderness. Warm salt water rinses can aid in soothing the surgical area, although vigorous swishing should be avoided. Typically, patients can resume normal activity within 24 to 48 hours.
It can take several months for the graft to become integrated with the jaw. During your healing period, Dr. McIntyre will assess your progress and determine when your dental implants can be safely placed.
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Dr. McIntyre is an experienced oral surgeon who can help you to rebuild your smile, restore your oral health, and feel more confident. He can determine if any preparatory procedures, such as a sinus lift, are necessary. To learn more about how Dr. McIntyre can help you rebuild your smile with dental implants, contact us online, or call our office at (718) 638-2200.