Charleston, West Virginia
At Revive Dental and Implant Center, we aim to give you all the information and high-quality treatment you need to address any dental issues you may have. Your teeth and oral health are important, and we want to ensure that you get regular and focused attention so that your smile can stay clear and beautiful. If you lack the proper height to your jaw or if you have sinuses that are just too close to your teeth, these are problems that can affect that smile. This can also make it so that if you get gaps in your mouth later in life, we will not be able to give you dental implants that would help provide a platform for replacement teeth. Consequently, if your jaw or sinus placement has become a problem, we will recommend a treatment plan that includes a sinus lift.
What A Sinus Lift Does For You
When your sinus is an improper location, the operation that corrects for it is called a sinus lift. The goal of a sinus lift is to add bone to your jaw around your molars and premolars. This refers to the spot between your jaw and your sinuses on either side of your nose. To access the area, we carefully move your sinus membrane up to create space for the bone that we plan to add. Once the sinus lift is completed, we can then talk about whether you want dental implants that you would not have been able to use before.
When Is A Sinus Lift Needed?
For those of our patients who have lost teeth a long time ago, the sinus lift procedure can be particularly helpful because of how it can restore bone to your jaw and set you up for dental implants afterward. When a tooth is lost, the body’s response is to reabsorb the underlying bone back into your body. If ignored for a long period, your jawbone will lack the solidity to support dental implants in the way that you would want. This situation can be worse for the upper jaw, as your upper jaw has less bone in general than your lower jaw.
How To Prepare For A Sinus Lift
The first step of sinus lift treatment is to take x-rays of your mouth so that we can get a sense of your oral health and whether a sinus lift is the right choice for you. To get the most accurate data on the height and width of your jawbone, we can use a computed tomography, or CT, scan. Once we have determined that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, we will discuss with you where we want the new bone to come from. Bone from your own body is known as autogenous bone, whereas bone from a cow or someone else is known as a xenograft or allogeneic bone, respectively.
What A Sinus Lift Procedure Looks Like
To access your sinus, we first need to cut a small hole in the gum tissue at the location where your tooth or teeth used to be. Using this small window, we can gently move the sinus back from your jaw and into a better position. After we have carefully moved your sinus, we will pack your chosen bone material into the spot where your sinus used to be. The bone stops the sinus from going back to its original and unwanted location. As we finish the procedure, we seal the tissue with stitches and talk with you about a recovery plan so that you can keep the spot safe and free from infection.
If you think that a sinus lift might be right for you and you would like to learn more, call us today at (304) 467-4265.