What is a Sinus Lift?
One of our specialties at DC Perio & Implants is our focus on replacement of teeth and dental implants. A dental im-plant is a high-tech replacement of the roots that provide a permanent foundation for fixed replaced of teeth. Due to their effective long-term solution for patients who suffer from missing or failing teeth or chronic periodontal dis-ease dental implants have become a popular solution as compared to dentures, bridges and crowns. Additionally, due to their natural look, long-lasting, reliability, high success rate and improved ability to eat and chew as well as improved facial and bone features dental implants have become the standard of care at DC Perio & Implants in tooth replacement. Dental implants are made out of titanium (we also offer metal free dental implants at DC Perio & Implants) that over time actually fuses to the living bone cells of the jaw and becomes part of the jaw bone. This intimate and tight connection creased a durable and strong anchor for the new teeth. This allows the ability to eat and chew that is not different as compared to natural teeth.
When is a Sinus Lift Required:It is not always easy to achieve strong and healthy dental implants, but when necessary, a sinus lift procedure, also known as sinus augmentation is definitely a step on the road to a full and healthy smile. This relatively common procedure makes it possible to enjoy the full benefits of dental implants, even after significant bone loss. At DC Perio & Implants we will break down each step of the sinus lift procedure, recovery, risks, and commonly asked questions to give you all the information you need to know. A sinus lift, also called sinus augmentation, is a procedure that makes it easier to place dental implants. Some patients need dental implants but have suffered bone loss, thus not having sufficient bone support necessary for implants. You can get the support you need by having a sinus augmentation. This procedure increases the amount of bone in the upper back jaw that is required for dental implants. This is one of the most common bone grafting procedures for dental implant patients. Often times, sinus augmentations are one of the many procedures done during a full mouth reconstruction. Whereas a dental bridge may on average only last around 10 years, dental implants can last a lifetime. The implant is made from titanium and integrates with the jawbone. It is bio-compatible, meaning that it is non-toxic and not rejected by the body. Dental implants make a powerful re-placement teeth. As more research and evidence is gathered we should be able to make the statements that dental implants last a lifetime. However, at this time we “only” have 30 – 35 years of evidence and data to rely on. Dental implants have a come a long way from their infancy in the 1960-1980s. As technology, surface topography and growth factors are further studied we expect innovation and changes to the filed of dental implantology.
Who Needs A Sinus Augmentation?Over the last 30 years, dental implants have become more readily available, making them an increasingly common dental procedure. As more people get dental implants to replace missing teeth, sinus lifts also have become more common. A sinus augmentation may be necessary if you are missing teeth and jawbone in the back of your upper jaw, near your sinuses. Jawbone and teeth in this area could be lost due to birth defects, periodontal disease, cancer, other medical conditions, expanding sinus or just the natural healing process. A sinus lift can also be used if your sinuses are too close to your upper jaw and you need more space to place the implant.
What Happens Before a Sinus Augmentation Procedure?A sinus lift is basically a bone transplant. You’re using a bone from one place and using it in your upper jaw. The first step is to determine where the bone used in the surgery will come from. The three most common types of bone used at DC Perio & Implants in sinus lift surgeries are:
- Bone from your own body (autogenous bone) usually taken from other areas of your mouth or body.
- Bone from a cadaver (allogenic bone)
- Bone from a cow (xenograft)
- A synthetic bone-like material
What Happens During the Sinus Augmentation Procedure?The sinus lift procedure is a safe and straightforward procedure. A sinus augmentation is generally performed at the periodontal practice. The entire process takes between 60 – 90 minutes.
- First, the patient is sedated using local and/or intravenous sedation. If necessary, a doctor may use nitrous ox-ide as well.
- Next, the surgeon will push the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be to expose the jawbone.
- With the tissue raised, and the jawbone exposed, the surgeon will cut a small circle in the bone through which they can gently push on the membrane of the sinuses.
- As the bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity space the hole is filled with the previously determined bone graft.
- After this is done, the procedure is complete and the surgeon will close the incision with sutures.