Dental implants are one of the most popular and durable full teeth restoration procedures available today. They are a means by which our team at Thomas P. Rafferty, DDS can provide you with a completely new smile that looks and functions like natural teeth. However, certain consequences of tooth loss may have influenced your mouth’s ability to support implants.
If this is the case, you have no need to worry. Our professionals can repair the damage caused to your bone structure as a result of tooth loss through the use of a sinus lift. A sinus lift is a procedure that targets the upper jawbone. By using a sinus lift, our team can strengthen and repair your jawbone and prepare it to receive dental implants.
What Is the Procedure?
A sinus lift procedure is a safe and straight-forward surgical intervention. The first step, as always, is to administer a local or general anesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. After the anesthetic has taken effect, our professional will make incisions at the surgical sites.
Once the jawbone is exposed, they will then graft the bone fragments to your existing jawbone. The fragments will be either created from synthetic material or harvested from a cadaver prior to your procedure. They will then suture your gums to close the incision site.
Do I Need a Sinus Lift?
Our team will be able to determine if you need a sinus lift during your initial consultation appointment. During this appointment, our team will conduct a thorough oral exam and capture digital images of your oral cavity. The digital x-rays will reveal if you have suffered a loss of bone near your sinuses.
If you are missing teeth and jawbone in the back, the upper area of your jaw, then you will need a sinus lift. This bone loss or lack of teeth can be caused by gum disease or a developmental irregularity. If your sinuses are too close to your upper jaw, you will also need a sinus lift to protect your sinuses and make your upper jaw more suitable for dental implants.
How Long Is the Recovery?
The recovery from the procedure is relatively quick and virtually painless. You may experience mild inflammation and sensitivity for a few days to a week after your operation as the incision sites heal. Our team will provide aftercare information, such as which foods to avoid so that you do not irritate your incision sites. If you are at risk for infection, our professional may prescribe an oral antibiotic as well.
While the initial recovery is quick and easy, it may take significantly longer for the bone fragments to fuse with your jawbone. According to WebMD, it can take several months to a year for the fragments to completely fuse with your existing jawbone. Once this process is complete, your jaw will be strong enough to support dental implants.
If you are ready to learn more about dental implants and find out if you are in need of a sinus lift or other preparatory treatments, it is time to see our team at Thomas P. Rafferty, DDS. You can schedule your appointment by calling us at (978) 720-9009.