If you have missing permanent teeth but not enough jawbone to firmly anchor dental implants in place, turn to the skilled general dentists at Solomon Family Dentistry in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. They offer sinus lifts for jawbone augmentation to restore the bone and make it possible to receive artificial teeth. Call the nearest office to learn more or book an appointment online today.
If you don’t have enough jawbone to support dental implants, a sinus lift paves the way for you to receive the perfect replacement teeth and smile you deserve. Sinus lifts are commonly called sinus grafts or sinus augmentation.
The procedure helps build a stronger jawbone that effectively supports dental implants, which anchor artificial teeth in place to replace missing permanent teeth.
To determine if you’re a candidate for a sinus lift, your dental provider discusses your oral health history, examines your gums and teeth, and takes dental X-rays to evaluate your jawbone. Then they develop a personalized treatment plan.
Sinus lifts increase jawbone mass by lifting up part of your sinus to make room for new bone. Your sinuses are air-filled cavities above the back of your upper jaw. Lifting the sinus and placing bone grafts underneath it allows for more bone growth.
During sinus lift procedures, your provider gives you a sedative to help you feel more relaxed. They numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic to ensure you avoid pain during your treatment.
They then make incisions in the back part of the gum tissue to expose bone, cut small areas of the bone, and lift part of it up into the sinus cavity. Your specialist applies bone graft materials in the newly created space. They may take bone from another part of your body, a donor, or use synthetic (human-made) bone for grafting procedures before stitching the incisions closed.
After undergoing a sinus lift procedure, you can expect some swelling, redness, and bleeding at the treatment site. Discomfort may last a few days. Follow all of your post-surgery instructions. Take medications as directed and avoid vigorously sneezing or blowing your nose and drinking through a straw until your specialist gives you the okay, and don’t smoke.
Attend all follow-up visits with your provider. It may take 4-12 months for your jawbone to fully heal and grow before your dentist can place dental implants in it.
To learn more about sinus lifts at Solomon Family Dentistry and find out if they’re right for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.