Before you get dental implants to improve your smile, you may first require a procedure known as a sinus lift to ensure the surgery is a success. Dr. William Schiro offers in-office sinus lift procedures at Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center in Lansing, Michigan for your convenience. This caring and compassionate dentist evaluates the overall health of your jaw and sinuses to determine if this type of procedure is right for you. Learn more about the benefits of a sinus lift by scheduling an appointment.
What is a sinus lift?
A sinus lift is a common bone grafting procedure that raises the floor of your sinuses and restores thin, damaged bone with new, healthier bone.
Dr. Schiro may recommend a sinus lift if you plan to get dental implants to replace missing teeth but don’t have sufficient jaw surface or support.
Why do I need a sinus lift?
Your maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on the top of your upper teeth. The roots of these teeth can sometimes grow into the air-filled cavities of your sinuses. When you lose upper teeth due to decay, disease, or injury, the wall of bone that separates your mouth and sinuses is often very thin.
If you plan to replace missing teeth with dental implants, and your jawbone isn’t strong or sufficient enough to accommodate the implant, Dr. Schiro can often place the implant into this thin bone after performing a sinus lift procedure.
What happens during a sinus lift?
Dr. Schiro performs a sinus lift in his Lansing dental office under local anesthesia. He can provide intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
Typically, Dr. Schiro accesses your jawbone by creating a small incision in the area of your molars. He makes a small opening into your bone and pushes the lining of your sinuses upward. Any remaining space is filled with the bone he extracts from another area of your body.
What can I expect after a sinus lift?
After the procedure, Dr. Schiro uses sutures to close your wound and help keep debris from causing an infection in your jaw. You may have minor swelling and bleeding following the procedure. Antibiotics prescribed by Dr. Schiro and over-the-counter medications prevent infection and manage any discomfort.
Your grafted bone take several months to fuse to your natural bone. To ensure this process is going as expected, Dr. Schiro continues checking your healing progress in the months following your sinus lift.
When he determines your jaw has sufficiently healed to support a dental implant, you can schedule your surgical appointment for the insertion of the titanium post that holds your new tooth in place.
Find out if a sinus lift is right for you by scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Schiro.