Sometimes, you may not have enough bone in the upper jaw in order for our Boston oral surgeon to place dental implants. If this is the case, our Board-Certified oral surgeon/periodontist can perform a sinus graft (also known as sinus lift surgery).
Prior to the ability to perform sinus lift surgery, sometimes the only option that we could offer people who wanted to replace their missing teeth was dentures. Thanks to the sinus lift procedure, we can now create space for dental implants in people that may not have had enough jaw space to support implants.
If you’ve lost teeth and are interested in a sinus lift in order to have dental implants placed, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry. Our Boston dentists can provide you with expert care. Call us today at (781) 350-4385.
What is a Sinus Lift
A sinus lift is performed in order to place new bone in the upper jaw to make room for dental implants. Our Medford oral surgeon will take bone from elsewhere in your body and place it between your sinuses and your upper jaw. With the addition of this new bone, there is enough room for dental implants to be placed.
A sinus lift procedure needs to be done for the following reasons:
- If you’ve lost teeth, the jaw bone underneath may wear away so you don’t have enough bone to support dental implants
- Bone loss due to periodontal disease
- Your sinus is too close to your upper jaw bone for dental implants to be placed
The Sinus Lift Procedure
Prior to your sinus lift procedure, our Boston oral surgeon will take X-rays to determine the shape and size of your sinuses and jaw bone. She will also take bone from another part of your body in order to use it for your sinus lift.
After numbing the area and giving you the necessary anesthesia, our oral surgeon will perform the following:
- Cut an incision in your gums where the bone needs to be added
- Lift your sinus membrane up and away from your jaw
- Add bone to the area where your sinus used to be
- Close up the incision
After the surgery, you will need to wait several months before you can have your dental implant surgery because your body needs to be given time to allow the grafted bone to bind with your body properly.
Experienced Boston Oral Surgeon
Our in-house oral surgeon is Board-Certified and has the expertise you can trust for your sinus lift procedure. If you are interested in dental implants and want to know if you need a sinus lift procedure, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry. You can call us at (781) 350-4385.