Why You Should Get a Sinus Lift

Why You Should Get a Sinus Lift

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Missing teeth can have a negative impact on the way you feel about yourself and your overall quality of life — and dental implants can offer a permanent solution. They will restore functionality and enhance one’s smile, but they do require the right amount of jaw bone density for successful placement.

If you have bone loss in your jaw, a sinus lift may help.

What is a Sinus Lift?

A sinus lift, sometimes referred to as a sinus augmentation, is a bone graft in the back of the upper jaw bone. This procedure is commonly sought by patients seeking dental implants who need greater bone density. X-rays and CT scans are done to confirm a sinus lift is necessary.

During the procedure, an incision will be made in the gum tissue, exposing the bone. A small hole is then placed in the bone so that the oral surgeon can reach through to the sinus membrane. It will be gently pushed up and away from the jaw before the space is packed with bone-graft material.

The soft tissue will be closed up with sutures and left to heal. It takes just a few days to start feeling better, but at least four months for the bone to fully heal enough for an implant to be placed.

Why Should You Get a Sinus Lift?

If you need a dental implant placed in the upper back area of your mouth, you will need a dense jawbone. Without it, you risk a failed procedure as well as the potential for your implant to penetrate your sinuses.

A sinus lift can minimize this risk. It can also:

Provide a higher success rate. Dental implants fuse to the jawbone to form a secure anchor for the artificial tooth. A sinus lift can help to create this strong foundation.

Allow you to maintain your appearance. As you begin to suffer bone loss in your jaw, it can impact your appearance and facial structure causing a sunken-in look. This is amplified if you do not replace missing teeth.

Provide a long-term solution. Properly placed dental implants can last a long time. With a sinus lift, you can feel confident that they will last.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sinus Lifts

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a sinus lift?

Generally, most people are candidates for a sinus lift if they need it. Your oral surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone. X-rays and CT images will be taken to confirm whether or not the bone grafting is necessary.

Is a sinus lift painful?

No, a sinus lift is performed using a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel any pain. Recovery can bring some discomfort, but this is only temporary.

Learn More About Sinus Lifts

Are you interested in learning more about sinus lifts? Have you been told you need a sinus lift before getting dental implants? The team at Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center can help.

Contact us at 505-821-2111 to schedule. Or, request an appointment online.