What is a Sinus Lift?
When patients have missing teeth in the upper jaw, the bone in the area where teeth are missing will begin to shrink or break down over time. And, the sinuses near this area will naturally expand to fill that empty space where the bone used to be. Patients who need a dental implant may need to have a sinus lift procedure to move the sinus back where it is meant to be and add additional bone to that area. This sinus lift procedure enables sufficient bone to secure the dental implant successfully.
The Sinus Lift Procedure at Central Ohio Periodontics
As part of the sinus lift procedure, Dr. Sakamoto will make a small incision to expose the jawbone. He will actually cut an opening into the jawbone and reposition the sinus cavity. Then, he will fill the now-open space in the bone with bone grafting material.
Depending on the health of your bone, Dr. Sakamoto my use your own bone or cadaver bone to graft the area. However, in some cases, he may use a synthetic material that can actually imitate the bone consistency.
Because a sinus lift is a more invasive procedure, it will take a few months to fully recover and for the bone to become a permanent part of your jaw. The next step in the process is the place the dental implant into the newly formed bone.
Sinus Lift Recovery
Recovery from a sinus lift procedure can take between four-to-nine months to heal before dental implants can be placed.
If you are interested in learning about a Sinus Lift, contact us today at 614-575-0070 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!