Are you missing teeth? If so and you are ready to replace them, you may seek out replacement options such as dental implants. If you do not have enough bone in your jaw, then you will not be able to receive the dental implants and you will either have to have an additional procedure to replace the bone or you will need to consider a different option.
When you are told that you do not have enough bone in the upper portion of your jaw, you will need to have a procedure known as a sinus lift. This procedure can be very beneficial for those patients who want to have dental implants.
If you are considering dental implants as a tooth replacement option or if you have been told that you need to have a sinus lift, contact Thornton Town Center Family Dental today.
What Exactly Is a Sinus Lift?
When you come into Thornton Town Center Family Dental, our dentists will work with you to determine if a sinus lift is the proper procedure for you. You will have x-rays taken of your mouth to see how much bone is present in the upper portion of your jaw. If you are missing bone, then you will be recommended to have the procedure done.
While the name of the procedure sounds quite scary, it is not and is quite routine. The procedure is performed to give you the additional bone you need without being too invasive. You can receive dental implants once the bone has regenerated itself and has healed.
The procedure will include bone being injected into the areas that it is missing and when you come in for the procedure, your sinuses will be moved upward to help facilitate the addition of the new bone.
Our team of experienced and trained dentists can perform the procedure for you and will provide you with the care you need. You do not have to worry about any overnight stays and you do not have to worry about multiple appointments to accomplish the results needed. Once the procedure is completed, you will be able to go home.
Why Do Patients Need a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is used to replace any missing bone in the upper area of your jaw. There are several reasons why you may not have a lot of bone and they can range from gum disease to trauma to the area and more. It is important that you do have the bone replaced to ensure you can receive restorative and tooth replacement options to enhance your smile.
Sinus Lift Benefits
A sinus lift is beneficial for those patients who have it done. One of the first reasons why you should have one performed is because it is necessary when you do not have a lot of bone in your upper jaw. If you want to receive dental implants, you will need to have bone in your jaw. If it is not there, you cannot have the procedure performed. A sinus lift will help ensure that you can choose the tooth replacement option that is right for you.
Another benefit of the procedure is that you will receive a boost of confidence once you are able to get the dental implants and improve your smile. You will never have to hide your smile again and that is enough to have the procedure done.
Lastly, a sinus lift is able to change the way your facial structure looks. If you lose bone in your upper jaw, you may notice that your face does not sit the same or that it shrinks or even sags more. A sinus lift can help preserve your natural look.
What Are the Risks of a Sinus Lift?
If you are about to have a sinus lift performed, you may be wondering just what the risks associated with the procedure are. After all, there must be some type of risk with it, right? As with other procedures, you will need to keep your eye out for infection as that can happen. It is not a common occurrence, but it does happen. In fact, if an infection does form, it needs to be treated immediately.
Another risk that comes with the procedure is that you may develop a hole in the sinus membrane. This happens when the membrane is torn or poked. If this occurs, the membrane will be stitched back together, and you will need to wait until it heals to have the lift performed.
You may experience smaller symptoms such as bleeding, swelling, or some mild discomfort. These symptoms will only occur for a small amount of time and they will usually disappear. If they do not, we ask that you call our Thornton, CO office.
Almost all of the patients at Thornton Town Center Family Dental who undergo the procedure have success with it.
The Procedure: Step by Step
When you arrive at Thornton Town Center Family Dental, you will be prepped for the procedure and our dental hygienists will talk to you and let you know what to expect. The procedure will start with one of our dentists cutting into the gum. The incision is made near the top portion of your gum line at the top of the jaw.
Once the incision is made, the gums are folded down and our dentists will be able to look at the bone and see where it is missing or locate any gaps or holes in the bone. From there, the sinus membrane will be lifted up and placed into a different position to allow for better access to the bone.
New bone will be injected into the pockets to help promote bone growth. Once done, the gums will be stitched back together. You can go home after the procedure, but you will need to come back for a checkup to see how well the bone is re-growing.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you would like to learn more about a sinus lift, contact our Thornton, CO office. We will provide you with the information you need about sinus lifts and dental implants. The team at Thornton Town Center Family Dental is here for you.
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