The first sinus lift surgery was successfully performed in 1975 at an Alabama facility to allow proper placement of two dental implants. Though considered revolutionary at the time, it has become quite common in today’s oral surgery arena. With over a 95% success rate of implant placements when performed in conjunction with a sinus lift, this is considered a very reliable surgical option.
The sinus lift procedure is typically focused on the back teeth of the patient’s mouth, between the molar and premolar area, where additional bone mass is needed. The procedure involves lifting the sinus membranes into a proper position, ensuring there is enough space to add the bone graft. This process is recommended in numerous situations and is relatively simple and quick to perform. Let us know at Summerbrook Dental Group if you are interested in finding out more about a sinus lift procedure.
When is it Necessary to get a Sinus Lift?
The underlying need to get a sinus lift can exist for quite some time but not be required until the need for surgery arises. Many patients have thin sinus membranes and limited bone structure between the jawbone and the sinus cavity which can function just fine without intervention. However, when the need to place dental implants arises, bone mass needs to be appropriate for a successful placement. This is when the procedure needs to be performed.
Advanced periodontal disease can cause bone deterioration and bone absorption can occur when there is significant tooth loss, both of which would be indicative that a sinus lift is necessary. Also, some people may have minimal bone tissue between the upper jaw and the sinus cavity simply due to genetics. The determination of whether the procedure is necessary falls directly to our office staff. Each situation requires analysis and discussion before being recommended.
What is Involved in a Sinus Lift?
The bone material necessary to perform a sinus lift can come from many different sources as long as it meets the requirements and is deemed capable of fusing with the existing bone structure. In most cases, bone material can be simply drawn from the patient themselves, taken from their chin or a healthy area of their jaw. It is also quite common for an equine bone to be used because it is more resilient than human bone and has less chances of deteriorating.
Utilizing x-ray imaging, our staff can identify the best area to apply the grafting material. The first step is to identify the bone and expose it by making an incision in the space where the missing teeth were. Once that is done, a hole is drilled in the bone where a small piece of bone can be drawn into the sinus opening. The bone graft is then used to close the hole. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed so no bone remains exposed.
There are certain behaviors patients should avoid following this procedure. Blowing their noise should be avoided as should sneezing whenever possible. Full recovery can take up to 12 months. Come to our office at Summerbrook Dental Group or call 720-882-9988 with questions.