Create a Strong Base for Dental Implants with a Sinus Lift
Placing dental implants in the back of the upper jaw presents a unique set of challenges, especially if the patient has been missing teeth for a long period of time. The proximity of the sinus floor and the natural anatomy of the upper jaw can make implants risky. However, a special bone grafting procedure known as a sinus lift can restore certain patients' ability to receive dental implants. At Oral Surgical Associates in Missoula, MT, our skilled oral surgeons, Dr. Eugene F. Morris and Dr. Armando Gama, can perform the procedure to create a solid base for your implant-supported restoration. This procedure allows a greater range of patients to enjoy the truly unparalleled benefits of implants.
Placing Implants in the Upper Jaw
A number of patients require sinus lifts before replacing teeth with implants in the upper jaw. One major issue is the location of the sinus cavity. The shape and size of these cavities varies between individuals. You may naturally have a low sinus floor. In addition, the sinuses can expand as you age.
A sinus lift procedure can greatly increase your chances of successful implant placement.
Tooth loss is another common issue patients face. The upper jaw, especially the back section near the molars, has less bone density than the lower jaw. In some patients, this natural deficiency alone can cause issues. In addition, when teeth are lost, the body begins resorbing the bone tissue, making implant placement even more difficult. In these cases, a sinus lift procedure can greatly increase your chances of successful implant placement.
Your Initial Consultation
During your initial consultation for implants, we will take x-rays and scans of your jawbone to assess the tissue density. We will also discuss your medical history since patients must be healthy enough to safely undergo surgery. Dr. Morris or Gama will carefully evaluate the height of your sinus cavities and determine whether sinus lift surgery is right for you. They can also discuss your sedation options, including nitrous oxide and general anesthesia, with you at this time.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
On the day of the surgery, your doctor will make a small incision in the gum tissue and create a window to access the sinus. Then, he will gently raise the floor of your sinus membrane and fill the space below with bone grafting material. Once complete, he will close the incision using sutures. He may also apply platelet-rich plasma (PRP), an advanced technique which can speed the healing process.