Oftentimes, placing dental implants in the upper back arches can be difficult because the teeth (the molars and premolars) are very near to the sinus cavity. This means that when the sinus floor expands, it can reach the area where these molars once were and reduce the amount of bone support available for implant placement in the upper jaw. To address this situation, our skilled team of surgeons can perform a sinus lift procedure, which is a grafting technique that involves adding donor tissue to increase the amount of bone and elevate the sinus floor. Receiving a sinus lift after having your upper molars and premolars extracted can improve your candidacy to receive dental implants by increasing the support structure of your upper jaw. If you're considering dental implants to replace the back teeth on your upper arch, it could be to your benefit to learn if a sinus lift can improve the support structure of your jawbone. Schedule a consultation at our Colorado Springs or Pueblo, CO offices to learn more.
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If a tooth is missing or extracted from the upper back arch of your mouth, a sinus lift procedure could be suggested to maintain the integrity of your jawbone. Patients hoping to receive dental implants in the future can benefit from receiving a sinus lift as soon as possible so the internal support structure of their bone is improved and strong enough to hold an implant in place. Our offices use state-of-the-art technology, including iCat™ and cone beam 3D imaging, to gain a comprehensive view of the quality of your jawbone near the sinus area. These scans are then used to help our team plan your personalized treatment program.
What To Expect
Before your procedure takes place, a member of our team will go over your options for sedation to help keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment. Once this has been discussed, one of our surgeons will numb the area of the sinus lift, including the bone, gums, and nerves. After the anesthetic has taken effect and you are fully numb, we will access the sinus cavity and bone via a small incision in the gum tissue. When this incision is made, we will use an advanced tool to lift the floor of the sinus cavity and begin the grafting process. The donor tissue is then placed with the bone to elevate the area and increase the quality and quantity of bone tissue present. Your gums will then be stitched closed and your mouth will be rinsed out and given time to heal.
After your sinus lift procedure has concluded, a member of our team will give you detailed instructions to help you care for your mouth during the healing and recovery period. We may also prescribe antibiotics or pain medication to prevent infection and alleviate any post-treatment discomfort. After a week or two has passed, you will return to our office for a follow-up appointment so we can monitor your recovery and remove your sutures. It will take a few months for the donor bone tissue to fuse with your jawbone, a process called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, you will be ready to move forward with the next step of your treatment.
Sinus lift procedures at our Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO offices may be covered in part by your dental insurance. To ascertain your benefits, a member of our team will contact your insurance provider. Any out-of-pocket costs will be calculated, and they will be presented to you promptly. Our offices are proud to partner with CareCredit® and can provide you with additional information on medical financing to help you cover the costs of your treatment.
ENHANCED JAWBONE SUPPORT
In order to qualify for dental implants for tooth replacement, you must have adequate support in your jawbone to hold the implant in place. If you have a missing or extracted tooth in the upper back arch of your mouth where the molars and premolars are, you may benefit from a sinus lift to restore the amount of bone tissue beneath the sinus cavity. To learn more about this procedure, get in touch with one of our Colorado offices and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced surgeons.