What Is a Sinus Lift?
Sinus lifts are a type of surgical treatment that may be recommended for patients who wish to replace upper back teeth with dental implants. When tooth loss occurs in the top jaw, the maxillary sinuses may expand, encroaching into the space where tooth roots once sat and depleting bone tissue. As a result, there may be too little bone support to successfully place dental implants in this area. The experienced dentists at ACE Dental of Taylor are pleased to offer sinus lifts, or sinus augmentation procedures, to allow such patients to enjoy the advantages offered by dental implants. A sinus lift repositions the sinus cavity floor and adds healthy bone grafting material to increase bone height and volume. If you are missing an upper back tooth, book a visit with our Taylor, TX team and learn if sinus lift surgery can increase your candidacy for a dental implant.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Sinus Lift?
Men and women who are missing a molar or premolar tooth in the top jaw may be an ideal candidate for a sinus lift. Sinus augmentation may be recommended when upper jawbone loss has occurred, leaving too little support to replace teeth with implants. It may also be suitable if the sinus floor sits too low, is too large, or has expanded into the space where implants should be positioned. The team at ACE Dental of Taylor uses advanced cone beam CT scans to view the sinuses and jaw and help patients decide if a sinus lift is needed to prepare the jaw for dental implant placement.
What Is the Treatment Process?
Sinus augmentation surgery is carried out in one of our modern, comfortable treatment rooms under local anesthesia. For further comfort, nitrous oxide sedation may also be administered. To begin the procedure, our skilled team will make an incision in the gums toward the back of your upper jaw. We will gently retract the gums and utilize special instruments to access the sinus cavity. Using a refined technique, our team will then lift the sinus floor and fill this space with bone grafting material, which will also serve to support the sinus in its new position. The gums will then be sutured closed, and your mouth will be allowed to fully heal before moving forward with implant placement.
Recovery Following Sinus Augmentation
Before you leave, our team will explain how to care for your mouth as you heal. A prescription for pain medication may be provided to enhance your comfort as your mouth recovers. We may have you return for a follow-up visit in about 1 – 2 weeks so our team can remove your sutures. Your bone graft will then need several months to fully heal before your implant procedure can take place. Throughout this time, we encourage you to follow proper daily oral hygiene and attend regular dental checkups at ACE Dental of Taylor to keep your oral health in good condition.
Insurance Coverage for Your Care
A portion of the sinus lift procedure may be covered by some dental insurance plans. To estimate your treatment costs, our business specialists will contact your provider and help maximize any benefits you may have. We will be happy to explain the affordable payment options accepted at ACE Dental of Taylor, such as healthcare financing, and help you find a convenient solution for improving the health of your smile.
Increase Implant Success with Sinus Lifts
Though dental implants are often a great choice for overcoming tooth loss in the upper jaw, they do need a healthy level of bone to serve your tooth replacement needs. ACE Dental of Taylor is pleased to offer sinus augmentation procedures to help reposition the sinus cavity for increased implant success. Schedule a consultation at our Taylor, TX facility to learn if a sinus lift can help make tooth replacement with a dental implant a reality for your smile.