Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. But if teeth have been missing for a while, bone loss can occur. If tooth loss has occurred in the upper jaw, the maxillary sinuses can drop down and interfere with implant placement. In these cases, a sinus lift can repair the area and prepare the bone for dental implants. Dr Zoud performs sinus lift surgery at the Wisdom Specialist Centre to increase patients’ candidacy for dental implants. He has the experience and skill necessary to deliver remarkable results.
What is a Sinus Lift?
When is a Sinus Lift Necessary?
A sinus lift is necessary anytime the maxillary sinuses are too close to the jaw. Bone loss can occur in this area for many reasons, including:
Tooth loss near the back of the upper jaw
Bone loss due to periodontal disease
Jawbone reabsorption, a common byproduct of tooth loss
About the Procedure
A sinus lift can be performed under local anaesthesia in our surgery locations. Some patients opt for general anaesthesia. In these cases, we can perform the procedure at one of our private hospital operating locations.
Once you are comfortable, Dr Zoud makes an incision in the gum tissue near the back of the upper jaw. A flap is then created to access the jawbone underneath. To expose the sinus membrane, a small access window is made in the maxilla.
When the membrane is visible, Dr Zoud uses specialised instruments to gently lift the sinus back to its original position. Next, bone grafting material is added underneath the membrane. This supports the sinus and keeps it in the correct position. It also creates a foundation for implants to be placed in the future. After these steps are complete, the gum tissue is repositioned, and the incisions are closed with surgical sutures.
Healing and Recovery
Initial recovery following a sinus lift takes about one to two weeks. However, the bone will continue to heal over the next several months. In most cases, dental implants are placed between four and nine months after the sinus lift is completed.
During the first couple of weeks, it’s important to follow the post-operative guidelines to ensure a successful recovery. Here are a few tips:
- Place gauze packs over the surgical site as needed to control bleeding.
- Take all medications exactly as directed by Dr Zoud.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, including heavy lifting for at least 72 hours.
- Keep the surgical area clean.
- Use cold compresses or ice packs to reduce swelling.
- Avoid blowing your nose for the first week or two.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
If you don’t currently qualify for dental implants due to bone loss, a sinus lift can address the problem and increase candidacy. To learn more about sinus lifts – or any of the other regenerative procedures we offer, schedule a consultation at Wisdom Specialist Centre. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at 02 8021-2728.