Sinus lift surgery – also known as sinus augmentation – is a procedure that increases the amount of bone in the patient’s upper jaw. The extra bone is usually placed between the molars and premolars, to each side of your nose. The procedure is called a ‘sinus lift’ because the sinus membrane needs to be lifted to make room for all the bone.
This procedure has become very common over the last fifteen years or so and is now used for a variety of reasons. There are two main reasons why someone would need the procedure. Either because their sinuses are too close together, or their upper jaw does not have enough bone height. But why is this necessary? Here are some of the benefits of having a sinus lift.
People who have suffered from periodontal disease may need a sinus lift. This is because the disease can affect the bones in the jaw and can cause sufferers to lose a large amount of jawbone. The sinus lift can replace any loss of bone.
Tooth loss can also result in a loss of bone in the jaw. After we lose a tooth, the nearby bone is sometimes reabsorbed back into the body. The only time this is an issue is if someone wants an implant to replace a lost tooth. If they have waited too long to have the implant, there may not be enough bone for the procedure. A sinus lift can, therefore, increase the amount of bone and make it possible for the to replace the lost tooth.
Problems With Maxillary Sinus
Some people’s maxillary sinus is too close to their upper jaw. This is only a problem if they need to have implants as there is not enough room to fit in the replacement tooth. A sinus lift is a quick way to move the maxillary sinus and make it easier for the dentist to fit in an implant.
As you can see, there are many benefits of having a sinus lift. However, there are also a few side effects you need to be aware of. Once you have had your sinus lift, you may experience some swelling around the area. However, you shouldn’t be worried by this. All the swelling should go down after a few days. One important thing to remember is that you should wait a few months after treatment for the bone to harden. It will also take time for the bone to integrate with your jaw properly. Once it has done this, you will be able to see your dentist about an implant.
If you think that you may benefit from a sinus lift, you should speak to your dentist about it. Your dentist can talk you through the procedure and all the risks involved. Your dentist can also advise you as to whether it will be beneficial for you. If needed, your dentist can also refer you to a specialist for your treatment or a further consultation.