Posted on 8/14/2017 by Dr. Franco
|When you are missing teeth, they need to be replaced. Dental implants are one of the latest options available for tooth replacement, and one of the most popular. They provide many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options. Implants require a surgical procedure, during which titanium rods are inserted into your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses to the implants. However, for this fusion (called osseointegration) to be successful, you need to have sufficient bone mass in your jaw. Otherwise, the implants are likely to fail. For teeth in your upper jaw, there is an additional issue. With insufficient bone mass, implants can pierce your maxillary sinuses, leading to chronic sinus infections. At Bite Lock, we can restore bone mass in your upper jaw, making implants possible, with a sinus lift.
What is a Sinus Lift?
Your head has several sinus cavities. Your maxillary sinuses are located just behind your cheeks, right above your upper teeth. The roots of some of your teeth extend up toward these sinus cavities. When they are lost or extracted, this leaves only a thin layer of bone to separate your jaw from the sinus cavities.
Dental implants require sufficient bone mass for successful fusion. When you are replacing teeth near your sinus cavities, there is a risk that the titanium rods can pierce right through the membrane, leaving you susceptible to chronic sinus infections, along with other problems. To avoid this issue, a sinus lift is often performed. This procedure involves lifting the floor of the sinus cavity and filling the space with bone graft material.
There are a few different types of bone graft that can be used for your sinus lift:
How is the Procedure Done?
The sinus lift is performed similarly to other types of bone grafts for dental implants. Before we begin, we administer a local anesthetic to the surgical site(s). If we are using your bone material, we harvest it first. Incisions are made in your gums. The tissue is pulled back to expose your jawbone and the sinus wall. We then lift the floor of the sinus cavity and place the graft material as needed. When we are finished, we stitch your gums closed. Healing can take several months to a year. When you have healed, we can move forward with dental implants.
Are You a Candidate?
You may be eligible for a sinus lift if:
If you are interested in dental implants, but you have suffered a significant bone loss in your upper jaw, a sinus lift procedure may be able to help. Call Bite Lock at (972) 594-7414 to schedule your consultation today.
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