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Sinus Lift—Arlington, TX
The First Step to a New Smile
For many patients interested in getting dental implants to replace their missing teeth, they will first need to undergo a procedure known as a sinus lift. This is usually necessary when the back of the upper jawbone is too thin or brittle to support implant posts. Fortunately for patients of Dr. Ravi Doctor, he’s able to provide all phases of implant care himself, so if it turns out that you do need a sinus lift in Arlington, you won’t have to visit a specialist, and you can trust it will be performed using the latest techniques and most advanced technology just like the rest of your care.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is a specific type of bone graft that is used to strengthen and thicken the back of the upper jaw in order to prepare it for dental implant placement. After the teeth in this area go missing, the bone naturally starts to shrink and atrophy. If the bone is too thin, it might not be able to adequately support implants, and the implants are actually in danger of going through the bone and piercing the sensitive sinus membrane right above it, which isn’t pleasant! Thankfully, a sinus lift can help a patient avoid both of these potential problems so they can get new teeth that are strong, comfortable, and sure to last.
How Does a Sinus Lift Work?
When you come to see Dr. Doctor for your dental implant consultation, he’ll begin by examining your mouth and taking some X-rays of your jawbone. If it turns out that the back of your upper jaw is too weak to hold implants as is, he’ll recommend that you get a sinus lift. This procedure will be performed at a follow-up appointment and can be completed in a single visit. Once your mouth and bone have been given enough time to heal, you’ll then see Dr. Doctor again so he can place implants into the newly fortified bone.
Types of Sinus Lifts
There are multiple ways Dr. Doctor can perform a sinus lift, and the method he chooses will be based on your particular needs and jawbone density:
- Sinus Lift with Implant Placement: This approach actually enables Dr. Doctor to do a sinus lift and place implants in the same appointment. A small window is created on the side of the jawbone, and this allows Dr. Doctor to gently lift the sinus membrane. He then places a bone grafting material into the new space, and then positions the implant roots within the bone.
- Sinus Lift Pierzo: Doctor creates an access window in the jawbone so he can lift the sinus membrane, and then he places a bone grafting material below it. This will eventually turn into new, healthy tissue that will support a patient’s implants.
- Hydraulic Sinus Lift: A drill creates a path into the sinus through the empty tooth socket, and then a steady stream of water is used to lift the membrane so the bone grafting material can be placed.
- Sinus Lift w/ Internal Bump Condensation: This method creates space within the jawbone for implants without actually removing any bone. The bone is basically compacted, making it denser and stronger so it can provide a firm foundation for implants.
What Are the Benefits of a Sinus Lift?
The biggest benefit of a sinus lift is that it allows a patient who typically wouldn’t be a good candidate for dental implants to gain access to this state-of-the-art treatment. In the past, patients with thin or brittle jawbones due to longstanding tooth loss had to settle for traditional bridges or dentures, but now, with procedures like the sinus lift, they can get the most complete and long-lasting replacement available today.
Sinus Lift Atrophy After Extraction
When an upper molar is removed and a root tip is broken, it can be removed with elevators with minimal trauma to surrounding tissue. While there is ample bone above the root, once the tooth is removed, the gums grow over the opening and bone grows over the socket area. If no implant is placed, the ridge will experience disuse atrophy. Slow sinus expansion can cause atrophy in the top posterior area and in the most severe situations, the bone separating the sinus and oral cavity can become paper-thin.
Posterior Single Implant Occlusal Accesses
When a tooth is missing and requires a dental implant to replace it, the first step is to place the implant into the bone. After several months of healing, the crown is attached to the implant using a small screw. The access opening is filled with a filling, allowing easy access to the crown in case it needs to be removed at a later time.
The only way to know whether or not you’ll need a sinus lift is to visit Dr. Doctor for a consultation. Should he recommend it, just know that it will bring you one step closer to having a full set of teeth again, and it will guarantee that your new smile will last for decades to come. To schedule a consultation, click here.