Are you among the 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth? Are you ready to complete your smile with dental implants? That is great! Unfortunately, before you can undergo the treatment, your dentist has informed you that you need a sinus lift. Although you did not anticipate the additional procedure, it is often needed to ensure the long-term success of dental implants. With a specialist in Mooresville, oral surgery will improve the height of your jawbone to help you make an investment in your smile.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is a surgery that is needed to add bone to your upper jaw near where the molars and premolars were located. By doing so, it adds bone between the maxillary sinuses and your jaw to allow the implant posts to be placed. For there to be enough space to accommodate the new bone, your sinus will need to be lifted.
Due to the nature of the surgery, you will need an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist to perform the treatment.
Why Do I Need a Sinus Lift?
The long-term success of dental implants relies on your jawbone’s ability to properly support the implant posts. If there is not enough bone, it will compromise the success of the procedure.
If you have decreased bone density of your upper jaw, it is likely due to long-term untreated tooth loss. When you lose teeth in the back of your mouth, the jawbone is no longer stimulated. As a result, it will begin to deteriorate.
In addition, your jawbone may have been compromised due to periodontal disease. When the infection is not treated quickly, it will destroy the supporting structures in your mouth, including your jawbone.
To reverse the damage of bone loss or periodontal disease, a sinus lift is the solution you need.
What Can I Expect?
Your oral surgeon will open your gum tissue near when your molars used to be. The tissue will be raised to expose the bone to allow an oval window to be created in it. The membrane lining of your sinus will then be gently pushed up and away from your jaw.
A bone grafting material will be applied to the space where your sinus used to be. The tissue will then be closed with sutures. You will spend the next several months healing, allowing new bone to grow.
Complete Your Smile Today!
If you have decreased bone density, do not worry. You can still benefit from dental implants with a sinus lift.
About Dr. John S. Keadle
Dr. John S. Keadle is a reputable dentist in the dental implant field. He has traveled to more than 25 countries to extend his knowledge and experience in the area to treat even the most complex cases of tooth loss. If you are ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, he offers the customized treatment plan that you need. Contact New Smile Carolina today to schedule your consultation.