Preparing for Dental Implants with a Sinus Lift
Dental implants are small titanium or zirconia posts that are surgically embedded in the jawbone to provide the ultimate support for dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. When a patient is receiving implants in the upper jaw, it is imperative to avoid disrupting the soft tissues of the sinuses. In some cases, a sinus lift may be necessary to make room for implants. Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart perform sinus lift surgery at their Jackson, MS, periodontal practice to prepare patients for dental implants surgery. If you are missing teeth, you can depend on us to perform a thorough analysis to determine if implants are right for you, and identify any preparatory procedures you may require before receiving implants. Please contact our office to make an appointment with one of our doctors.
Identifying the Need for a Sinus Lift
During a consultation, your doctor will perform a thorough evaluation of the jaws to determine your candidacy for implants. As part of this examination, he will use advanced diagnostic imaging techniques to view the structures of the jaw and face. If this analysis reveals that the ideal implant site lays too close to the sinus cavities, your doctor may recommend a sinus lift. This analysis can also identify the need for bone grafting, a procedure that replaces any tissue lost due to atrophy in the prolonged absence of tooth roots.
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Sinus Lift Surgery
The maxillary sinus is just above the molars in your upper jaw. In order to place dental implants in this area, it is often necessary to graft bone into place to give the posts enough tissue with which to become integrated. This procedure also slightly lifts the soft tissues of the sinuses. Your surgeon will access the bony wall of the sinuses through an incision in the gums and open a small 'window" in the bone that will allow him access to the sinus space.
Next, your doctor will begin placing a bone graft. The tissue can be harvested from another area of your body, or acquired from a tissue bank. Synthetic bone tissue is available, if necessary. Along with the graft, your doctor will place rich fibrin blocks and concentrated growth factors in the space to expedite healing and recovery. Finally, the incisions are closed and the area is allowed to heal over several months until the bone tissue has become integrated, and can support your dental implant. Your doctor will provide explicit instructions to follow as you heal, so that you can experience the best possible results.
Make a Sinus Lift Appointment
Many patients have experienced an improved quality of life after replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Our doctors have more than 30 years of experience restoring patients' smiles, and look forward to the opportunity to provide you with excellent care. If you have suffered tooth loss, we can assess your needs and recommend the treatment or combination of treatments necessary to make you a candidate for dental implants. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.