Sinus Lift Explained
Have you worn dentures in your upper jaw for years? Did you know that there’s an alternative, more comfortable option?
If you’ve worn dentures for an extended period of time in your upper jaw, the bone will have receded, rendering it difficult to undergo implant treatment and giving your face a sunken appearance. A sinus lift makes use of the contours of your face to provide a second chance at the functionality and reliability of dental implants.
A three dimensional scan will be needed for the assessment of a sinus. We will need you sinuses to be healthy and free of disease. If any problems are seen on the scan we will refer you to an ENT specialist to manage these prior to the lifting process.
Dr Syed will advise you at this stage of the preoperative medications and sprays which you will need to use prior to the procedure.
The sinus lift procedure will be performed by the dentist while you are under general anaesthetic.
Sinus lifting can be undertaken at the same time of implant placement and is a very minimally invasive procedure. This is called a transcrestal technique and uses saline (sterile salt water to lift the sinus membrane). The implant is then placed as a plug on top of the newly added bone graft. The bone graft is usually a xenograft (bovine bone) or autogenous bone (your own bone). This technique can only be used when sufficient bone exist and will be determined by the scan.
The lateral window sinus lift procedure is slightly more involved and so it can be undertake under local anesthesia both with intravenous twilight sedation or under general anesthesia. Dr Syed will discuss with the patients the best treatment plan to suit individual patients needs.
After a healing period of approximately 3-4 months the bone is sufficiently healed and stable so the dental implant can be placed.
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