Sinus Lift in Fort McMurray
A sinus lift is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw above your molars and premolars.
Sinus lift surgery, also known as sinus augmentation, will ensure that you have proper bone quantity and quality for the insertion of dental implants.
Why do I need a sinus lift?
A sinus lift is performed when a patient needs more bone height to support a dental implant for replacing missing pre-molars and molars on either side of the upper jaw. The anatomy of the upper jaw typically has less bone structure than other areas of the jaw resulting in insufficient bone structure making it impossible to support a dental implant. Oral conditions such as periodontal disease also play a role, causing more bone loss. A sinus lift can be done at the same appointment as the tooth extraction, or if the tooth has already been extracted it can be done as a single procedure and then is left to heal for a few months prior to implant placement.
What is involved in getting a sinus lift?
In order to access the sinus, the Oral Surgeon will need to flap the gum tissue and expose the bone. A small window will be opened in the bone, this will create access to the sinus membrane. The membrane will have to be carefully pulled away and raised from the jaw bone using specific instruments. When the sinus is lifted to the appropriate height, bone is then packed where the sinus used to be and the amount of bone varies from person to person. Once the sinus lift is completed, the tissue will be stitched back up and the bone is left to heal for typically four to six months, much like a bone graft.
What are the benefits of a sinus lift?
Patients who suffer from periodontal disease can benefit from a sinus lift due to the large loss of jawbone. After a tooth is lost, if the patient has waiting too long to decide to replace it, the socket then resorbs resulting in lack of jawbone. If the patient wants to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant then a sinus lift can increase the amount of bone and make it sufficient to strongly support the dental implant. The location and size of the sinus varies from person to person and sometimes the sinus is too large and too close to the jawbone. This can become an issue when the patient is wanting to have a dental implant placed in that area, however lifting the sinus creates the appropriate amount of height necessary for the implant.
What is the healing time after a sinus lift?
Healing time for a sinus lift is much the same as a bone graft. This is typically four to six months.