Often patients who have lost teeth in the upper jaw require a sinus lift to have dental implants placed. This is because the bone in the area where teeth are missing naturally beings to shrink, or resorbs, over time. As a result, the sinuses expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be. With insufficient bone to securely place the dental implant, a sinus lift is necessary to move the sinus where it is meant to be and to place additional bone in the area. Our dentists provide sinus lifts or sinus augmentation for Concord and Lexington, MA, patients to prepare them for implant treatment.
Sinus Lift in Lexington, MA
There are two forms of sinus lift procedures, and the form you receive depends on your individual needs and the amount of bone you still have. Your doctor will discuss your options before the procedure.
Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic is applied to the site. The doctor will then create a small opening in the bone to access the sinus cavity. Using a small instrument, the doctor gently lifts the sinus back to its original position. A grafting material is placed beneath the newly raised sinus cavity along the existing bone. This grafting material will then mesh with your bone, thus creating more bone.
After the Procedure
Usually, you will require 4-9 months to heal completely from the sinus lift procedure before dental implants can be placed. This increase in bone will compensate for bone loss and allow multiple implants to be placed. Without this procedure, many patients will not qualify for dental implants.
Ask Us About a Sinus Lift
If you have lost bone tissue after losing your permanent teeth, contact the office most convenient to you, and we will help you prepare for implant treatment. Call our Lexington office at 781.384.5892. You can call our Concord office at 978.391.6081. We’re here to help make your implant treatment