A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation or sinus elevation, is a surgical procedure performed by our dentist to add bone to the upper jaw in the area of the molars and premolars.
In some cases, when teeth are lost in the back of the upper jaw, there may not be sufficient bone height for successful implant placement. The maxillary sinuses are located above the upper jawbone and can sometimes impede implant placement due to their position. This is where a sinus lift comes into play - it allows for additional bone grafting material to be added between the jawbone and maxillary sinuses.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
During a sinus lift surgery, the dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Then, a small window is created in the bone to access the sinus cavity. The membrane lining the sinus is gently lifted and moved upward, creating space for the bone graft material.
Next, the dentist will carefully place this grafting material into the empty space between your jawbone and maxillary sinuses. This new bone material will eventually integrate with your existing bone structure over time.
Once the procedure is complete, stitches are used to close up the incisions, and you'll be given instructions on how to care for your mouth during recovery.
It's important to note that sinus lift surgery typically takes about one to two hours per side of treatment. You may experience some swelling and discomfort afterward, but these symptoms can usually be managed with pain medication prescribed by our dentist.
The Benefits of Sinus Lift Surgery in Webster, TX
Increased Implant Success
By undergoing a sinus lift, you can improve the success rate of your dental implant procedure. The additional bone added during the surgery provides a stable foundation for implants to integrate and fuse with.
Restored Facial Structure
When teeth are missing, it can cause facial sagging and an aged appearance. A sinus lift not only promotes healthy bone growth but also restores facial structure by providing support for natural-looking dental prosthetics.
Enhanced Chewing Ability
Dental implants supported by a sinus lift allow for improved chewing function compared to traditional dentures or bridges that may feel less secure.
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants placed after a sinus lift can last a lifetime, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your investment is well worth it.
Improved Quality of Life
Permanently replacing lost teeth with dental implants enhances speech clarity, improves self-confidence, and eliminates concerns about loose or uncomfortable dentures.
Ready to elevate your dental journey? Explore the heights of possibility with a sinus lift! Unleash the potential for a stronger foundation and a more confident smile. Call us at (281) 324-8583 to schedule your consultation at Unicare Center for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry today, and let's take your smile to new heights together. Our practice is located at 20814 Gulf Freeway #40, Webster, TX 77598.