One of the first steps of the dental implant process is to check the bone density of your jaw to make sure it’s strong enough to support an implant. If you need to replace a tooth in your upper jaw, and the bone isn’t strong enough, your dental expert performs sinus lift, repair, and augmentation procedures to not only graft additional bone tissue to your jaw, but also lift your sinus membrane to make room for the extra bone. If you’re missing a tooth and are considering a dental implant, call Periodontal Implant Group in Houston or schedule a consultation online today.
A sinus lift repair and augmentation is a surgical procedure that prepares your upper jaw for a dental implant. During the procedure, your dentist grafts bone tissue to your jaw and surgically lifts your sinus membrane to make room for the extra bone. He may also augment or shape the ridge of your jaw to create an even, flat surface for your dental implant.
Your dentist suggests sinus lifts when you don’t have sufficient bone height or density in your upper jaw to support an implant and if your sinuses are too close to your jaw to accommodate an implant. For example, there is often less bone available at the back of your jaw where your upper mandible meets the rest of your skull.
It’s also essential to have an even surface to place a dental implant. Tooth loss can leave bumps and indentations in your jaw which can make it difficult to place an implant.
Sinus lifts are usually outpatient procedures. Your dentist can often complete the surgery in a couple of hours. He offers local anesthetic and sedation to help you stay comfortable and relaxed.
Once you are thoroughly numbed and sedated, he makes an incision in your upper gums and lifts the tissue away from the bone. He creates a small opening in the bone to reach your sinus membrane and gently pushes it up and away from your jaw. He then packs the area with bone graft material and closes the incision stitches.
If you have ridge augmentation, he uses special tools to file and reshape your jawbone and may graft bone material to your jaw to create an even ridge.
You may experience some swelling and tenderness after your sinus lift or ridge augmentation. In most cases, pain is minimal, and you can manage it with over-the-counter painkillers. Your dentist gives you saline sprays to keep your sinuses moist. He also prescribes an antibiotic and antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce your risk of infection.
You have a follow-up appointment with your dentist 7-10 days after your procedure for him to check your healing and remove your stitches. It takes several months for your bone graft to fully integrate with your jaw. You have appointments with your dentist for him to check the progress of the graft and plan the next steps of your dental implant procedure.
Call Periodontal Implant Group or make an appointment online today for expert surgical treatments to prepare your jaw for implantation.