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Sinus Lift

What Is a Sinus Lift and Should I Be Worried If I Need One?

Do you want a dental implant and have been told you need a sinus lift? Don’t worry!

Whilst a sinus lift may seem unnecessary or an annoying additional step to receive your implant treatment, it is likely that you do not have enough bone to ensure your implants will be a success.

If you are concerned about the opinion you have received, you can always schedule a consultation with us here at Gentle Dental, which is a specialist implant clinic that can work magic.

We will be able to advise you of the correct pre-implant procedures if in fact you truly need them.

Call 020 8224 7562.

Patients often ask us:

  • Can a sinus lift and implant be done at the same time? In some instances, the implant can be positioned into place during the same time the sinus is augmented. Undergoing this kind of surgery has been proven to greatly increase the chance of your implants being successful. Implants can fail and they are likely to with an insufficient amount of bone. A sinus lift in this case increases the amount of bone in the upper jaw by adding space between molars and premolars.
  • Is a sinus lift painful? Will my sinuses Reported back to us by our patients, and in our own experience, we have found sinus lift surgery to cause minimal discomfort.
  • What are the side effects of a sinus lift? The most common are swelling and bleeding, however, this usually does not extend more than a few days. The doctor gives the go-ahead for regular activities to recommence within this time.
  • Is sinus lift necessary for implants? In some cases, where teeth have been missing for a substantial amount of time (bone can begin to deplete in as little as just six months), the answer is yes. Those who have a sufficient amount of bone to support the implant can avoid this, however, dental implants will not be possible for those without an adequate amount of bone.

Why sinus lifts might be needed

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  • In cases of periodontal gum disease
  • When teeth have been lost in the upper jaw
  • Reabsorption of bone after tooth loss
  • Not enough bone in your jaw or sinuses

To explain simply, a sinus lift is an augmentation or the process of lifting up the maxillary sinus to make room for new bone.

Your sinus is an air-filled cavity that is located in the back portion of the upper jaw. Lifting the sinus and grafting the bone in between means that there is an appropriate amount of bone for your dentist or doctor to position the dental implant.

Without enough bone in the upper jaw, the implant will not be able to anchor securely and has a higher likelihood of failing, which after spending a considerable amount of money on reconstructive

Preparation for the dental implant process

Getting one or more implants can be a multistep process, which is made simpler with pre-implant treatments like sinus lifts and bone grafts.

The process is as follows:

Consultation: Reviewing your individual condition and the state of your oral health to determine whether you qualify for implant dentistry using x-rays.

Examination: The dentist here will be able to outline your current possibilities as well as identifying how your oral condition can be improved to receive this treatment. You can expect imaging studies and X-rays to identify your jawbone health as well as other key structures.

Surgery: You will undergo sinus lift surgery if required to help secure your new implant for life.

Placement: The abutment, which will hold your implant is placed. From here, a period of three months is recommended to allow the jaw to integrate with the post – this is called osseointegration.

Attaching the crown: The implant crown will be placed.

How the procedure works

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There are several different approaches that exist for a sinus lift, which will depend on how much bone you currently have, the type of bone graft and their potential approach for the implant.

Basics include:

  • A local anaesthetic will be used to keep you comfortable
  • The dental surgeon will make incisions in the back part of your gum tissue to expose the bone
  • They will then cut a small area of the bone into the sinus cavity, raising the membrane
  • Next bone graft materials will be applied to the newly lifted area (this bone can be taken from other areas of your body or using synthetic bone)
  • Sutures will be applied to close the incision

After a sinus lift

Your dental specialist may give you:

  • Saline spray
  • A prescription
  • Pain medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Antimicrobial mouthwash

Following the procedure, you will meet with us again to check and examine the surgical site and remove any stitches that have not dissolved. There may be a few periods where we check in with you, but that’s to ensure you’re healing correctly.

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Here at Gentle Dental, we specialise in restorative dental care that is strong and long-lasting.

Contact us here to book an appointment.

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