sinus lift surgerySinus Lift Surgery

When it comes to dental implant surgery, it is vital to the success of the implant that there be an adequate amount of bone to hold the implant. In some cases, patients may need a sinus lift surgery before proceeding with getting their dental implant(s).

Here, we will discuss what a sinus lift surgery is, and why it may become part of your treatment plan.

What is a sinus lift?

A sinus lift is pretty much exactly how it sounds. It is a surgical procedure in which periodontist Dr. Otis Washington raises the floor of your sinus cavity to allow for a bone graft and new bone to form, creating a stable environment for a dental implant. Sinus lifts would only be necessary for patients seeking a dental implant in their upper jaw, and who have minimal amount of jawbone.

What should I expect with a sinus lift surgery?

Keep in mind that every patient is different, but here is a general idea of what to expect.

The procedure itself requires a small incision to be made in the gum, which allows Dr. Washington access to the bone. Using a special technique, Dr. Washington will then raise the bone (the floor of your sinus cavity) to an appropriate height. The space below it is then filled with bone grafting material. The incision is then closed.

After the procedure, your bone may need 4 to 12 months to heal and generate new bone. However, in some cases, the patient may be able to have their dental implant placed immediately.

Is a sinus lift surgery painful?

During the procedure itself, you are numb the entire time. Therefore, you will not feel a thing as Dr. Washington performs the surgery. However, if you are nervous or apprehensive about the procedure, be sure to ask about sedation dentistry in which we can use “laughing gas” or IV sedation to help calm you during your procedure. Many patients report only minor discomfort following the procedure. Dr. Washington will discuss how to manage your pain should you experience discomfort at any level.

Why might I need a sinus lift?

When teeth are extracted, a natural long-term result is the loss of jawbone. This may occur if you lost teeth years ago, and is especially the case with patients who suffer from periodontal disease. Even long-term denture wearers or patients who had a bridge installed years ago will eventually suffer from jawbone loss. If you desire to have a dental implant to restore your smile, there has to be enough jawbone in place to hold the implant. If not, a sinus lift may be needed.

Take the next step

If you would like to learn more about sinus lift surgery or any of our other services, please call our office today at 919-782-9536 to schedule a consultation. We invite you to meet with Dr. Washington to discuss your desires for a beautiful, healthy smile.

Triangle Periodontics welcomes patients of Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina.