If you’re interested in dental implants to replace missing teeth but don’t have enough jawbone to support the implants, Madison Dental Partners on the Upper East Side of Manhattan has a solution. Steven Schwartz, DDS, Fadwa Robb, DDS, Navid Baradarian, DDS, and the experienced team offer sinus lifts to increase bone and prepare for dental implant placement. Call the New York City office to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.
A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation or bone grafting, is a dental procedure to prepare for implant placement. They might recommend sinus augmentation if you experience bone loss and don’t have enough jawbone to support dental implants -- metal tooth roots attached to artificial teeth.
A sinus lift increases the amount of bone in your upper jaw and is a standard bone-grafting procedure.
To find out if you’re a candidate for a sinus lift, your Madison Dental Partners provider reviews your oral health history, examines your dental X-rays, and evaluates your teeth and gums.
A sinus lift might be right for you if you’re missing permanent teeth and desire dental implants but don’t have enough bone to support them. Bone loss often occurs because of gum disease.
A sinus lift can also create space for dental implants if your sinuses are very close to your upper jaw bone.
To get ready for a sinus lift, your dentist takes measurements of your jaw and sinuses. They can take bone from other parts of your body, use donated bone tissue, or use synthetic bone-like material for your bone graft.
Sinus lift procedures might take 1-2 hours to complete. Your dentist numbs the treatment area so you can avoid discomfort. They offer a sedative to help you relax or an anesthetic to make you fall asleep.
Your surgeon cuts gum tissue to expose your jawbone, cuts into the bone, puts a new bone graft in place, and closes the incisions with stitches.
After surgery, you rest in a recovery area for a short time. You can go home the same day as having a sinus lift. Expect some swelling and bleeding but minimal discomfort. Avoid sneezing if possible, and don’t blow your nose until your dentist gives you the okay.
Use a saline spray to keep your nose moist, take medications as directed, and use an antimicrobial mouthwash if your dentist recommends it. Ice the treatment area and avoid strenuous physical activity until your provider says it’s okay. Complete recovery may take six months or longer before you’re able to receive dental implants.
If you desire dental implants because of missing permanent teeth but don’t have enough bone to support them, call the Madison Dental Partners office or book an appointment online today to determine if a sinus lift is right for you.