If you need a dental implant after losing a tooth or as part of another procedure like getting a crown or bridge but don’t have enough upper jawbone to support a titanium post for the implant, a sinus lift can help. As a dentist with extensive oral surgery experience, Rex Hoang, DMD, uses the most advanced and safest techniques to perform sinus lifts at DC Dental Spa, their practice in Washington, D.C. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call the office or use the online booking feature.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that augments the bone in your upper jaw near your middle and back teeth, the premolars and molars. During the procedure, bone is added to the area between the jaw itself and the sinuses on either side of your nose. It's called a “lift” because the membrane separating the sinuses from the oral cavity must be lifted or raised in order to perform the procedure.
Sinus lift procedures require great attention to detail, which is why you should see Dr. Rex and his experienced team at DC Dental Spa if you need this oral surgery.
Sinus lifts are performed primarily to help support dental implants when there’s not enough natural bone present or when your sinus cavities are too close to your jaw, which can interfere with the integrity of the implant. You may experience bone loss in your upper jaw due to periodontal (gum) disease or as the result of bone atrophy after tooth loss, especially if the tooth has been missing for some time.
When bone is no longer needed to support a missing tooth, it’s gradually reabsorbed into your body. In some cases, this lost bone tissue must be replaced with a graft before implants can be placed. Additionally, the back portion of your upper jaw naturally has less bone mass than your lower jaw, which can make it more likely you’d need a bone graft.
After giving you a local anesthetic, Dr. Rex begins your sinus lift with an incision into your gum. They then pull the gum tissue back to provide access to the bony exterior wall of your sinus. Next, they make a small opening in the bone, and your sinus membrane is carefully lifted so they can place the bone graft material, after which they replace the membrane and close the incisions.
Immediately following the procedure, you’ll experience swelling in your sinus area and may bleed from your nose or mouth. These side effects should subside on their own relatively quickly, however. You’ll return to DC Dental Spa about a week after your sinus lift so your dentist can assess how your mouth is healing.
For more information on sinus lifts and how they can help support dental implants, call DC Dental Spa or schedule a consultation online today.