What Is a Sinus Lift and Should I Be Worried If I Need One?
A sinus lift is a treatment that is often required in preparation for having dental implants in South Benfleet and there is certainly nothing to worry about if you have been told you require this procedure. Sinus lifts use tried and tested surgical techniques and treatment is safe and very effective. The reason you might need a sinus lift is to replace bone that has been lost or which is deficient in the area around your sinuses.
Your sinuses are empty air filled cavities located either side of your nose and can affect dental implants that are being used to replace missing back teeth in your upper jaw. The jawbone in this area tends to be thinner than in other areas in your jawbone so it might be that there was never enough bone in the first place, but quite often bone loss has occurred after natural teeth were removed. This is because your natural tooth roots provide much-needed stimulation to your jawbone which tells it to continue renewing old bone cells. When the tooth roots are removed this stimulation is lost and bone resorption can quickly occur. A sinus lift is a great treatment to replace this lost bone and will ensure there is plenty of healthy and strong bone for your dental implants in South Benfleet. It is only a small surgical procedure and you can rest assured that we will keep you completely comfortable during the entire process.
What Happens during a Sinus Lift?
Before you have a sinus lift our dentist in South Benfleet will have taken x-rays and a CT scan to identify areas where bone is deficient, as well as important structures such as nerves and blood vessels that must be avoided during surgery. By the time you come to have your sinus lift, we will know exactly where to place the bone so the actual procedure should be quick and smooth. To place the bone, a small incision will be made into your gums exposing the underlying jawbone. A small window is cut into the jawbone to expose the membrane that lies in between your sinus cavities and your jawbone. The membrane is pushed upwards or “lifted” out of the way, creating more space for your jawbone. This space is then packed with the bone grafting material and your gum will be stitched back into place so the process of healing can begin. It normally takes three months for a bone graft to heal, at which stage your dental implants can be placed. Although it might extend the overall time of your dental implants in South Benfleet, a sinus lift is a great way to ensure treatment will be successful and that you can enjoy the benefits for many years to come.
If you are interested in dental implants, please contact South Benfleet Dental Careto book a consultation. Call us on 01268 793485 or if you prefer you can book online at www.SBenfleetdentalcare.co.uk.