A maxillary sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure addressing insufficient bone height in the upper jaw, enhancing the foundation for dental implants.
Over the last decade, improvements in dental implants have revolutionized dentistry. The fascinating improvement in the field has resulted in the dental implants process offering highly predictable results. However, even with all these improvements, there could be some cases where there are some limitations and two most common ones being the lack of considerable bone to support and need for additional surgical procedures like sinus lift. Also the cost, the number of visits and time taken for these surgical procedures is also to be considered.
Recently we had an International patient who had already consulted many dentists regarding dental implants. When we asked her about her problem, she started explaining in detail. Initially, ten years back she used to have a very good dentition. Later she developed little gum infection and decayed teeth which progressively increased over time leading to complete loss of upper and lower back teeth five years back. She was advised to go with dental implants by many dentists but for the upper back teeth, an additional surgical procedure of sinus lift was also advised in her home country as well as in India. Finally, we understood that she wishes to get an immediate, fixed permanent solution for her missing teeth in a simple way and she doesn’t want to go with additional surgical procedures i.e. Sinus Lifting and Bone Grafting. For patients like her and others, we thought it would be good to write this blog on Sinus lift/bone augmentation and the alternatives to sinus lift method.
Sinus lifting procedures are being advised to many patients nowadays. A sinus lift is an invasive surgical procedure where an artificial bone graft is placed and it requires a minimum one-hour procedure with the necessity of more post-operative care. What is this sinus? Why is it required? let’s discuss in detail…
Sinus is actually an air-filled empty space in the skull bone. There are various sinus spaces in the skull bone.
A sinus lifting procedure is done when the floor of the sinus is too close to the site where the implants are to be placed.very important functions like reducing skull weight, moisturizing the air and also affects tone quality in speech.
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Our dental specialist will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays and scans, to determine if you have enough bone to support implants. If not, we will discuss the need for a sinus lift.
Success rates for this procedure are generally high, but they can vary depending on factors such as your overall health and your adherence to post-operative care instructions. Our dental specialist can provide more specific information.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, so you should not feel pain during the surgery. Some discomfort and swelling can be expected afterward, but our dental specialist will prescribe pain medication to manage it.
The initial healing period typically lasts a few days to a week, but it can take several months for the bone graft to fully integrate with your natural bone. Our dental specialist will provide you with a detailed timeline for your specific case.