If you’ve lost multiple teeth in your upper jaw or you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you might need a sinus lift before you can receive dental implants. At Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Shahin Ghobadi, DMD, and the dental team regularly perform sinus lift surgery as preparation for the placement of dental implants. To learn more about this type of treatment, call the office in Mamaroneck, New York, or click the online scheduling tool today.
A sinus lift is a type of oral surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw near the area of your molars and premolars.
During this type of surgery, your Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provider adds natural or synthetic bone material between your jaw and maxillary sinuses, located on either side of your nose.
Getting dental implants doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need a sinus lift. However, if you have a damaged upper jaw or your bone doesn’t have enough height to support implants, your provider might recommend a sinus lift.
The shape or size of your sinuses also plays a role. For example, if your maxillary sinuses are in close proximity to your jaw, a sinus lift may be necessary. Everyone’s maxillary sinuses are different, but they get larger as you age.
To determine if you’re a candidate for a sinus lift, your Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provider takes a series of digital X-rays to examine the anatomy of your sinuses and jaw.
Your dentist may also recommend a special type of computed tomography (CT) scan that allows the team to measure the height and density of your existing jawbone.
If you have seasonal allergies, you should also wait and schedule your operation at a time of year when you aren’t experiencing symptoms.
During a sinus lift, your Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provider makes an incision along the gum tissue at the top and back of your mouth. Your dentist raises the tissue, exposing the bone of your upper palate.
Next, your dentist makes a small, oval-shaped window in the bone separating your sinus membrane from your jawbone. Your dentist carefully pushes this membrane up and away from your jaw.
After pushing your sinus membrane away, your dentist fills the space with a bone from another area of your body or a synthetic bone graft material.
After placing your bone graft, your dentist carefully stitches the incision back up and sends you home to recover. It typically takes between four and nine months for the graft material to mesh completely with your jawbone.
Following your sinus lift, it’s perfectly normal to experience some pain and swelling. Your Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provider will prescribe a saline spray and medication to prevent inflammation and congestion.
Take your medication as prescribed, avoid blowing your nose, and attend all of your follow-up appointments. You should feel back to normal within a week of your operation.
Wondering if you can benefit from a sinus lift? Schedule a consultation at Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.