About Sinus Lift
Understanding Sinus Lift: The Key to Restoring Your Smile and Confidence
If you have experienced tooth loss in your upper jaw, you may be a candidate for a sinus lift procedure. When teeth are lost, the jaw bone naturally begins to shrink, and the sinuses may expand to fill the space. This can create insufficient bone height for dental implants to be securely placed.
If you’re missing teeth and want to replace them with dental implants but don’t have adequate bone density to secure the implant, you may be a candidate for sinus lift surgery. A sinus lift can help increase bone height and provide a stable foundation for implant placement.
Karrinyup Dental Centre provides sinus lift surgery for patients without enough jaw bone for dental implants. The procedure involves adding bone to the upper jaw and lifting the sinus membrane to allow additional bone. This enables support for the rear teeth, and patients can proceed with dental implants after the surgery. Please schedule an appointment with us to learn more about this dental treatment.
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Patients with Insufficient Bone Density in the Upper Jaw
Individuals with Chronic Sinus Problems
Those Seeking a Long-Term Option for Tooth Loss
Patients with a Strong Overall Health Profile
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We understand that everyone’s needs are different, so we strive to provide a range of payment options for sinus lifts for implants in Karrinyup. We make getting the oral health care you need easy on the budget.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Sinus Lift
One of the reasons you might need a sinus lift is to make room for dental implants, especially in cases where bone deterioration or gum tissue loss has occurred in the upper jaw. A dental implant that isn’t properly anchored in the upper jawbone won’t function properly, among other things, preventing you from chewing effectively. A dental implant cannot be secured adequately without enough bone.
A sinus lift, which is a targeted bone graft procedure, can help address this problem by adding bone material to the upper jaw and creating a stable foundation for the teeth implant. This treatment process not only increases the success rate of dental implants for dental patients but also helps restore their oral health and overall quality of life. By opting for a sinus lift, you pave the way for successful treatment.
There are several approaches to sinus lift surgery. Here are some of the basic steps:
- Your dentist makes an incision along the gum line.
- The tissue is lifted from the surface, exposing the bone beneath it.
- Your dentist cuts a small circle in the bone, being careful not to damage the sinus membranes.
- In order to raise the membrane, the dentist lifts the cut portion of bone into the sinus cavity.
- Your dentist places a few granules of bone graft material in the area where the sinus was once located.
- Your dentist applies sutures to close the incisions in your gums.
After that, the bone is given time to heal. Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions for your recovery. Implants are placed a few months later.
The healing and development of the jawbone take between 4 and 12 months before dental implants can be placed. There is usually minimal discomfort following a sinus lift. There may be some swelling and light bleeding. For a smooth recovery, the bone graft must be kept in place.
Your dentist will most likely prescribe a saline spray to keep your nose moist. They will also provide you with prescriptions for pain and swelling. It can take a day or two for most patients to resume daily activities after being in bed with ice applied around the area.
Your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment 7-10 days after your surgery. This appointment includes examining the surgical site and removing any stitches that have not yet dissolved on their own.
While sinus lift procedures are generally considered safe and effective, as with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks and common complications. These may include:
- Risk of Infection:
As with any surgery, there is a risk of bacterial infection at the surgical site. Proper post-operative care and following your dentist’s instructions can help minimise this risk.
- Sinus membrane perforation or tearing:
During the procedure, the sinus membrane may be accidentally torn or punctured. In most cases, the membrane can be restored during the surgery, but in some instances, the procedure may need to be postponed to allow for healing.
- Graft material displacement:
There is a possibility that the bone graft material could shift or become dislodged during the healing process, which may affect the success of the sinus lift.
- Insufficient bone growth:
In some cases, the bone graft may not integrate well with the existing bone, leading to insufficient bone growth and preventing successful dental implant placement.
- Allergic reaction or rejection:
Although rare, some patients may experience an allergic reaction to or rejection of the bone graft material.
- Sinus issues: Temporary or, in rare cases, irreversible sinus issues, such as sinusitis or sinus congestion, may occur after the procedure.
Depending on your situation, placing dental implants immediately after the sinus lift procedure is possible. Dental implants can be placed immediately after a sinus lift, usually when there is sufficient bone height and quality to support the implant. Immediate placement can have the benefit of reducing the overall treatment time and the number of surgical procedures required. Factors that may allow for immediate placement include:
- Adequate initial bone height
- Good bone quality
- Limited sinus lift
However, for optimal results, your dentist will usually wait to see how well you heal, which can take 4-9 months, before placing dental implants. In many cases, dentists prefer to wait a few months after the sinus lift to allow the bone graft to integrate and heal properly. This can provide a more predictable and stable foundation for the dental implant.
Preparing for a sinus lift involves making certain lifestyle choices and preparing for the dental procedure, which may include a bone grafting procedure. It is important to consult with dental professionals to discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking so you can make an informed decision.
Lifestyle choices such as stopping smoking at least two weeks before the procedure and maintaining good oral hygiene are also important. It is crucial to follow your dentist’s specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure and plan for the recovery period, which may involve swelling and discomfort for several days.
If your dentist determines that you need bone graft surgery as part of the sinus lift, you may need to take additional steps to prepare.
Most health funds will not cover the cost of a sinus lift. You may be able to get some cover for procedures related to dental implants, but this will depend on your policy and what is covered under it. Please check with your health fund provider to confirm your level of cover.
Our dental team can also assist you in checking if you have cover for a sinus lift and if there would be any out-of-pocket costs.
The results of a sinus lift procedure can vary from patient to patient, depending on various factors such as the quality of the bone graft and the patient’s overall oral health. The procedure’s results are long-term and will last for decades. Chances are, you won’t need another one.
However, the longevity of the results can also depend on how well the patient takes care of their dental health on a daily basis. Proper oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and avoiding smoking can all help to maintain the results of a sinus lift procedure. With proper care, the results of a sinus lift can last for many years, and patients can enjoy improved function and aesthetics in their daily lives.
Following a sinus lift procedure, comprehensive post-operative care is essential for proper healing and recovery. Patients may need to follow certain food restrictions to avoid complications. Crunchy and chewy foods can be difficult to chew and may cause discomfort or dislodge the blood clots, which are necessary for healing. Acidic foods may also be restricted, as they can irritate the gums and delay healing. It is important to stick to a soft diet for a few days after the procedure and to gradually introduce solid foods as recommended by your dentist or oral surgeon.
Additionally, patients should avoid brushing their teeth for a certain period of time to prevent dislodging any clots or bleeding. Drinking from a straw should also be avoided, as it can dislodge blood clots and lead to bleeding. Smoking should be refrained from, as it can impair the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
Also, be careful not to blow your nose or sneeze too much. Sneezing can be challenging to control, so avoid anything that makes you sneeze. When you blow your nose or sneeze, the bone-graft material may move and loosen the stitches.