Not every patient is suitable for dental implants, as there has to be enough bone density and an appropriate amount of room for a surgical post to be placed without touching the sinuses. Sinus lift surgery can be used to help patients become candidates for a dental implant. At SmilesNY Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we can prepare you for a dental implant with a sinus lift. Insufficient bone height in the upper jaw, poor quality bone, or sinuses that may be too close to place an implant are reasons why you may need a sinus lift, also called sinus augmentation surgery. Your sinus floor needs to be lifted so that an implant can be effectively placed. Schedule a consultation with our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Kevin Loshak, at our office in New York, NY to learn more about sinus lift surgery and dental implants.
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Candidates for a sinus lift will have limited room in the upper jaw for a dental implant when the sinuses are too large or too close to the bone. At your consultation with Dr. Loshak, an x-ray will be needed to measure your jaw and sinuses and determine if repositioning the sinuses with or without a bone graft would be a proper course of action before a dental implant.
What To Expect
A sinus lift is a detailed surgical procedure that is performed in our office by Dr. Loshak. If needed, a bone graft will be prepared. An incision will be made in the gum at the back of your mouth. Your tissue will be lifted to reveal the bone. The bone graft, if needed, will be placed before the sinuses are pushed higher and away from the jaw. Finally, the incision within the gumline will be sutured.
After your sinus lift, you could be given a prescription for an antibiotic and pain reliever to help you during your recovery. Dr. Loshak will also prepare you for how you should care for your incisions with instructions before the procedure. You should schedule a follow-up appointment about a week after your sinus lift for suture removal. The bone graft will take several months to heal before a dental implant can be placed.
If you have insurance, we will contact your provider to ascertain your coverage and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, a member of our financial team can talk to you about payment methods and give you information on low-interest financing.
Sinus Lifts FAQ
Does a sinus lift hurt?
No, it doesn’t. Some patients may feel uncomfortable at points during the procedure, but no pain.
Are you asleep for a sinus lift?
A sinus lift is typically done with a local anesthetic, meaning you are awake, but the treatment area is completely numb. A sinus lift can be performed under general anesthesia. During your consultation, we will discuss your surgical options while creating your treatment plan.
Where does the bone for a sinus lift come from?
To construct your sinus lift, a small amount of bone may be taken from the jaw or other suitable location in your body.
How long is recovery after a sinus lift?
We will give you detailed instructions for aftercare and schedule a follow-up exam about a week after your procedure. Most patients will feel ready to resume normal activities within 7 –10 days, but you should always follow your doctor's recommendations. It can take six months or longer to fully heal.
Does a sinus lift change the way you look?
Yes, it can. When your upper jaw loses bone, it changes the way you look, making your face appear sunken and prematurely aged. A sinus lift restores the lost bone, restoring your facial structure and can create a rejuvenated, younger look.
Sinus Lift Surgery
If you qualify for a sinus lift, preparing the jawbone is essential to the success of an implant. Dental implants need a solid support system in the jaw before they can be installed, and a sinus lift surgery will keep the implant from imposing on your sinuses. We ask you to contact our office in New York, NY to schedule a consultation with Dr. Loshak.