What Is A Sinus Lift
And Why would You Need One?
Imagine your upper jaw, where your back teeth are located. Behind those teeth, there’s a space in your bone, like a hollow room. This space is called the maxillary sinus.
Sometimes, if you need a dental implant in that area – like a replacement for a missing tooth – there might not be enough bone to support it properly. That is where a sinus lift comes in.
A sinus lift is a dental procedure that sounds more intimidating than it is. It’s like giving your jaw a little boost. Here’s how it works:
Making Room: Dr. Seth will create a small window in the bone above your sinus (don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing). That allows him to access the maxillary sinus.
Gentle Lift: Dr. Seth gently pushes the sinus membrane upward, creating extra space underneath. Think of it like raising the floor of a room, but very, very subtly.
Bone Graft: To ensure enough support for your dental implant, your dentist will place some bone material in the newly lifted space. This bone can come from you, another person, or a lab-made synthetic material – it’s all safe and approved.
Healing Time: Your body needs some time to work its magic. Over a few months, the bone graft will fuse with your bone, creating a solid foundation for your dental implant.
Implant Placement: Once everything has healed and stabilized, you’ll be ready for your dental implant. That is like adding the finishing touch to your newly reinforced jawbone.
So, in a nutshell, a sinus lift is a procedure that helps ensure your dental implant stays securely in place by giving your upper jaw a little extra support. It might sound complex, but it’s a routine and safe procedure many people undergo without problems. The Viva Family Dentistry dental team will ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process, so there’s no need to fear it. A sinus lift can help you regain a beautiful smile and the ability to chew comfortably, making it well worth it in the end!
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