Sometimes referred to as a sinus augmentation, a sinus lift is a procedure that raises the sinuses in order to add density to the upper jaw.
Many people experience bone loss for one reason or another, such as due to periodontal disease or tooth loss. However, in order to successfully undergo certain treatments — such as dental implants — having strong, dense bone is required. Believe it or not, this is only one of the many ways a sinus lift can benefit your health.
Bone loss in the jaw can make it difficult to bite down on food, chew it, or even talk. This will likely only progress without intervention.
A sinus lift can improve the functionality of the mouth as a whole. It builds the upper jaw back up to what it once was, giving you a new healthy bone to do everything you have always done with ease.
Enhance Your Appearance
Although an enhanced appearance isn’t necessarily beneficial for your physical health it is very important for your mental health. Feeling good and confident in one’s appearance can have a direct impact on things like self-confidence and self-esteem. And, let’s face it — these play a huge role in how we approach life.
A sinus lift can help to recreate the upper jaw and will present opportunities for even greater restoration of one’s smile, such as the addition of dental implants. Together, a healthy, beautiful smile can be fully restored. The result? A boosted appearance, greater self-confidence, and better overall quality of life in so many ways.
Reduces Additional Bone Loss
Once it starts, bone loss will continue to occur unless something is done to stop it. One way to do that is through a sinus augmentation.
By adding the additional bone, you not only restore the bone mass but you reduce the chance of further bone loss in the future.
Creates a Strong Anchor for Implants
Of course, as mentioned above, a sinus lift can help those needing dental implants.
The post that gets implanted into the jaw requires enough bone density so that osseointegration can occur. This is the process of the implant and the bone fusing together to create a strong anchor for the artificial tooth. Without enough bone, the implant will likely fail.
Patients who do not have sufficient bone density may not qualify for a dental implant, but a sinus lift can change that. This procedure builds up the bone, providing a greater amount of bone mass—- and a greater chance of successful implantation.
Can a Sinus Lift Benefit You?
If you want to learn more about sinus lifts and whether or not the treatment may benefit you, the dental experts at Rio Grande Oral Surgery are here for you. We have provided many patients with this minimally invasive and unique procedure allowing them to take advantage of these benefits and more.