The term “sinus lift” may sound odd, but it’s actually a pretty common oral surgery procedure. Many patients who wish to receive dental implants must undergo a sinus lift in Lincoln Park before the dental implant posts can be placed in their jawbone. But what exactly is a sinus lift, and why might you need one before you can rebuild your smile with dental implants? Let’s discuss the answers to these important questions.
What Is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is a special type of bone graft. During the procedure, an oral surgeon gently lifts the sinus membrane that sits above the molars or premolars. Then, they insert bone material (perhaps from a donor or another part of a patient’s body) into the upper jawbone. The bone graft keeps the sinus in its raised position. Following the surgery, the new bone material bonds with the tissue around it and fully integrates into the patient’s oral anatomy.
Why Are Sinus Lifts Often Necessary?
A sinus lift is often necessary if there is not enough volume in a patient’s upper jaw to support dental implants. Without adequate bone there, a dental implant might actually puncture the sinus membrane.
You might need a sinus lift if:
- You have a naturally large sinus cavity
- Your jawbone is naturally thin
- Your jawbone has deteriorated following tooth loss
- You previously suffered facial trauma that affected your sinuses or jawbone
During your dental implant consultation, your dental team will use advanced imaging technology in order to understand the size and shape of your jawbone, as well as the placement of your sinuses. Armed with that data, they will be able to determine whether you require a sinus lift before you can receive dental implants.
What to Expect with a Sinus Lift
The idea of undergoing a sinus lift might be a little intimidating, but there’s really no need to worry. The highly trained dentists and specialists who perform the procedure place a high priority on patient comfort. Local anesthesia and sedation ensure that you’ll feel little to nothing during the surgery. After the surgery, you must follow postoperative instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery. The soft tissue should heal fairly quickly, but it will take longer for the grafted bone to fully integrate with the surrounding tissue. After a few months, once your jawbone is strong and has sufficient volume, you should be eligible to receive dental implants.
Are you thinking about getting dental implants in Lincoln Park? A sinus lift may be just one step on your journey toward regaining a healthy, complete smile.
About the Oral Surgeon
Dr. Shahin Ghobadi is an award-winning dentist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He received his Doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2004. After completing his residency in 2008, he dedicated himself to performing complex procedures for patients. Bone grafting and dental implant placement are among the surgeries he provides. To learn more about Dr. Ghobadi and the team at Comprehensive Dental, contact us at 973-633-5666.