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Sinus Lift

Oral Surgery

Tooth loss is a serious issue that can affect every aspect of your life, including the functions of your mouth as well as your appearance. Replacing missing teeth is crucial for your smile, your oral health, and your overall health. Dental implants have become the treatment method of choice when it comes to tooth replacement. Implants are a unique treatment that involves a surgical procedure. They also rely on the fusion of your existing jawbone to the implants for success. If you have lost too much bone mass, a natural consequence of tooth loss, implants will not fuse properly and can fail. When being used to replace teeth in your upper jaw, near the back of your mouth, you are also faced with the additional risk of piercing the sinus cavities. At Palisades Surgical Arts, we can perform a sinus lift, which will protect the sinus cavities and make dental implants possible.

What a Sinus Lift Is

There are several sinus cavities in your skull. The maxillary sinus cavities are located above your upper teeth, just behind the cheeks. Some of the teeth toward the back of your upper jaw have roots very close to the sinus cavities. When these teeth are lost (or removed), a layer of bone is also lost.

Sufficient bone mass is essential for the successful fusion and stability of dental implants. Too little bone mass means that your implants are at a greater risk for failure. There is also a risk of the implants piercing the sinus cavities, which can lead to chronic sinus infections and other issues. A sinus lift is done to make dental implants possible for missing teeth in the back of the upper jaw. We lift the floor of the sinus cavity and fill the space underneath with bone replacement using a bone graft.

Types of Bone Graft

There are a few different types of bone grafts:
•  Autogenous. An autogenous bone graft uses your bone, which is harvested from another area of your body (usually the hip, tibia, or chin).
•  Allogenic. An allogenic bone graft uses bone material from a donor.
•  Xenogenic. A xenogenic bone graft uses bone mass from another species, which is first processed at extremely high temperatures.
•  Synthetic bone materials, such as bone morphogenic proteins or demineralized bone matrix.

Sinus Lift Procedure

Headphones, eye masks, and other amenities offered at oral surgeon office in Pacific Palisades, CA.Before we begin surgery, a local anesthetic is administered. If you are anxious or nervous, sedation may be used as well. Surgery begins with an incision in the gums, near the premolars and molars. An incision is then made in the jawbone. The floor of your sinus cavity is then lifted upward. The bone graft material is then packed into the empty space. Finally, we suture the gum tissue closed. Healing from a sinus lift procedure can take several months. Once you have fully healed, the dental implant procedure can then begin.

Are you a candidate?

How do you know if a sinus lift is right for you? We conduct a thorough consultation before surgery to determine your candidacy. You may be a candidate if:
•  You are missing several teeth toward the back of your upper jaw.
•  You have lost a substantial amount of bone mass.
•  You are missing most of your upper teeth, and additional support is needed for implants.

With a sinus lift, we can lift the floor of your sinus cavities and restore missing bone mass, making dental implants possible. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, call Palisades Surgical Arts at (424) 346-0955 today.
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