Over the past 20 years, dental implants have become an increasingly common dental procedure to replace missing teeth. This rise in dental implants has led to the increase of sinus lift surgeries or sinus augmentations (as it’s also called) among patients.
This is a common procedure that we here at Pinole Oral surgery in Pinole, CA, pride ourselves on performing in a highly skilled way. We’re here to provide all the information you need about your sinus augmentation so you can feel fully confident as you prepare for your procedure.
Let us lead you to that full and healthy smile you deserve. Call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online!
What Is A Sinus Lift Procedure?
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that makes it easier to place dental implants. Whether a patient has suffered bone loss due to periodontal disease, birth defects, or other medical reasons, this procedure would be necessary in order for the dental implants to have the support they need in the upper jaw bone.
Sinus augmentations are intended to create more bone in the upper jaw so that these dental implants can be firmly placed. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward or “lifted”. This is what gives the surgery its name.
Why Do I Need A Sinus Lift?
Maxillary sinus cavities are located right behind your cheeks and above your upper teeth. These are vacant, air-filled spaces that some of the roots of your upper teeth reach into. When teeth in your upper jaw are removed, a thin wall of bone is often left behind.
Dental implants need a substantial amount of bone to be inserted securely. The quality of your jawbone directly impacts the success and longevity of your dental implant.
If your dentist or oral surgeon has recommended a sinus lift for you, it means that there isn’t enough existing bone height in your upper jawbone for an implant to be securely anchored.
This would be virtually impossible to attach an implant to. It would inevitably cause the implant to fail, making it difficult to accomplish everyday functions such as chewing.
A sinus lift would raise the sinus floor and allow for new bone development, allowing for successful implant insertion.
What To Expect From Your Sinus Lift Procedure
Now that we understand why a sinus augmentation would be necessary, here is what you can expect from your procedure here at Pinole Oral Surgery. We’re here to lead you through the process so that your experience can be as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
A sinus lift surgery is primarily a bone transplant. You and your surgeon will first decide where the extra bone or bone graft material used in the surgery will come from.
The four most common types of bone grafting material used during sinus augmentation are:
- Autogenous Bone: bone taken from your own body.
- Allogenic bone: bone from a cadaver or corpse.
- Xenograft: bone taken from a cow
- Artificial Bone: a synthetic bone-like material
Once the type of bone graft material that will be used during the procedure is chosen, our dental specialists will then carefully examine the anatomy of your jaw and sinus.
Measurements and x-rays of your jaw will be done to determine precisely what you need. Then we will be ready to move forward with the procedure.
On the day of your surgery, a kind member of our staff will gently ease you to one of our operating rooms. Then, you will be sedated by one of our doctors using local and/or general anesthesia. Once you are asleep your surgeon will then cut your gum tissue and expose your jaw bone.
The dental specialist will then cut a small circle into the existing bone and gently push it on the sinus membrane to create space for the predetermined bone graft. The specialist will push the bony piece into the sinus cavity space, filling the small hole created earlier.
After the bone graft is implanted the procedure is complete. The surgeon will close the incision and then the healing process begins.
After you wake from the anesthesia your dental specialist will give you instructions to guide you in your recovery. Most patients feel very minimal discomfort after sinus lift surgery. However, you might experience some slight swelling and bleeding around the site of surgery at first.
It is very important during the healing process to keep the bone graft in place. So avoid blowing your nose or sneezing if possible. These actions could cause the sinus graft to move and loosen stitches.
Make sure to call us right away if your bone graft has dislodged or if you experience severe pain, bleeding, or fever.
Your dental specialist will send you home with the following:
- saline spray to keep your nose moist
- prescription medication for pain, congestion, and to reduce swelling
- an antibiotic and antimicrobial mouthwash to prevent infection.
A week after surgery, schedule a follow-up appointment so your specialist can examine the area to make sure it’s healing properly and remove stitches.
Additional follow-up visits are recommended to ensure proper healing. A full recovery from a sinus lift surgery will take a minimum of 6 months.
We here at Pinole Oral Surgery in Pinole, CA, will be here to guide you through each step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call or schedule an appointment online!
How Much Does A Sinus Lift Surgery Cost?
A sinus lift surgery can cost anywhere from $1500-$5,000, depending on the complication of the surgery.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
A Sinus lift is a safe and straightforward procedure that takes between 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Are There Any Alternatives To Sinus Lift Surgeries?
Yes, there is an option of a mini dental implant procedure. This is a less involved, non-surgical procedure that can be completed in one visit. Consult with your dental specialist to see if you could be a candidate for this procedure.