Are you missing teeth and need a solution that will work for you? Or, maybe you have been told that you do need dental implants, but you do not have enough jaw bone to place the implants.
When this happens, you will usually need to undergo a procedure called a sinus lift. This procedure is beneficial for a number of reasons and can help make it possible for you to receive the cosmetic procedure you desire – dental implants.
What Exactly is a Sinus Lift: The 101
When you visit Dr. Steve Kim, he may tell you that you do not have enough bone in your jaw to receive dental implants. You may be bummed about it, but a sinus lift is your solution to the problem.
A sinus lift is a dental procedure that will add additional bone to the upper portion of your jaw to ensure that your dental implants are able to be set and secured in place. Typically, the additional bone that you receive will be added in between your sinuses and jaw.
The bone is unable to simply be added without making some room for it, therefore, Dr. Kim will lift up the sinus membrane to provide room for the bone.
As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Kim can complete this procedure in his office and provide you with the additional bone you need to replace your missing teeth via dental implants.
Why Would I Need a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is used to replace bone that may be missing in your upper jaw. There are a number of reasons why you may be missing upper jaw bone, but the most common reason is simply because the upper jaw has less bone than the lower jaw.
Some of the other reasons may include bone loss due to gum disease or trauma. It is important that you have a full evaluation done before you settle on dental implants to ensure that they are the right choice for you.
Benefits of a Sinus Lift
There are a number of reasons why you would want to have a sinus lift performed. If you want to replace missing teeth in your mouth with dental implants, you need to have enough jaw bone, so that the implants will be secure. If the implants are placed and there is not enough bone, the implants will fail and may come loose or dislodged.
In addition, dental implants can boost your confidence and allow you to smile with confidence once again. You will see yourself in a new light and you will not be embarrassed that you are missing teeth.
Lastly, a sinus lift and dental implants will help prevent a change in your facial structure. When you do lose bone, if you do not have dental implants, your face will change shape a bit as the bone recedes away.
Risks Associated with
a Sinus Lift
If you need to have a sinus lift performed, then you are probably worried about some of the risks that may come along with it. There are minimal risks, but it is important that you know about them as you do need to be informed.
One risk to consider is infection. While it is uncommon, it can happen and if it does, you will need to seek medical care.
Another risk associated with the procedure is that a hole may accidentally form in the membrane due to being poked or torn. When this occurs, you will need to have the hole stitched together and then allow for recovery time. The sinus lift will need to be performed once the area is healed.
In addition, you may experience some minimal swelling, bleeding, or pain for the first couple of days after the procedure and this should be expected. However, if the symptoms become worse or persist, you need to call Dr. Steve Kim DDS right away.
Almost all patients who undergo the procedure have a 100 percent success rate and are happy with their new smile. Your new dental implants will last a lifetime, if they are properly cared for.
How’s It Done? The Sinus Lift Procedure
A sinus lift is performed by first cutting into the gum via an incision made by Dr. Kim. The incision location is generally on the gum by your cheek on the upper jaw. After an incision is made, the gum will be folded down, so that Dr. Kim has access to your jawbone.
Once the jawbone is available to be accessed, Dr. Kim will make another cut on the bone, which allows him to move the bone into the position he needs it to be. In return, your sinus membrane will be moved along with the bone, which results in the lift.
The new empty area that is created from moving the bone will be filled with bone material to boost production of natural bone. Once the bone material is in place, the gums will be stitched back together.
Once the procedure is done, you will be able to head home and you will need to give the area adequate time to heal, usually a few months. You will typically have a follow up appointment within a few days of the procedure so that Dr. Kim can check on things to make sure everything looks good.
Your Sinus Lift Consultation
When you come in for your sinus lift consultation, Dr. Steve Kim will discuss the procedure with you and go over any associated risks that may occur. Before the procedure is performed, Dr. Kim will take a look at the areas of concern and construct a treatment plan that the both of you agree on.
You will be given aftercare instructions at this time as well. You should present any questions or concerns that you have now so that Dr. Kim can answer them for you and provide you with the relevant information you need.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you are ready to transform your smile, give Dr. Steve Kim DDS a call today. We want you to be happy with the way your smile looks and we offer the latest dental procedures to help you love your smile once again.