Sinus Lift Surgery Concord & Lexington, MA

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 begins to shrink or resorbs over time. As a result, the sinuses expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be.

Our dentists provide sinus lift surgery for Concord and Lexington, MA, patients to prepare them for implant treatment. A sinus lift is one of the dental surgical procedures we provide to new and existing patients in Lexington and Concord, MA. 

What is Sinus Lift Surgery?

Also called sinus augmentation or sinus graft, sinus lift surgery is an oral surgery that will increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw near the molars and premolars. People with insufficient bone height in the upper jaw will require this procedure to support dental implants.

Your upper jaw is located right below the sinus cavities. Over time, the bone in this area can deteriorate due to various factors, such as tooth loss, gum disease, or natural aging.

A Sinus Lift Can Help you Qualify for Dental Implants

Teeth implants require a good amount of bone for proper support and stability. When there is not enough bone height, it becomes challenging to place dental implants. If you have insufficient bone to place dental implants, a sinus lift will move sinus where it should be and allow your dentist to place additional bone in the area.

Sinus Lift in Lexington MA

Sinus Lift in Concord and 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.

Lateral Window Technique

This sinus lift technique involves making an incision in the gum tissue to access the sinus membrane. Then, we will make a small window in the bone to lift the sinus membrane, creating space for the bone graft material.

The doctor will carefully elevate the membrane and insert grafting material into the open space between the lifted membrane and the sinus floor. We typically use this method for cases requiring a significant amount of bone augmentation. The goal of it is to increase the vertical bone height to provide a stable foundation for dental implants

Osteotome Technique

The Osteotome Technique sinus lift is a minimally invasive procedure that we use to augment the sinus membrane floor. It aims to increase the bone height in the posterior portion of the upper jaw. This technique involves accessing the sinus at the point where the dental implant will go.

Your doctor will use a particular instrument to gently elevate the sinus membrane without causing damage. Then, through a small crestal incision, they will place bone graft materials to encourage new bone growth. This method reduces the risk of complications and offers quicker recovery time, making it the preferred choice among patients receiving dental implants in the upper jaw.

What to Expect During a Sinus Lift

Before starting the procedure, your doctor will administer a local anesthetic to the surgical site. Then they will make a small opening in the bone to access the sinus cavity. The doctor creates an opening in the bone and carefully lifts the sinus membrane upward. This step creates space between the membrane and the sinus floor.

The doctor gently lifts the sinus back to its original position using a small instrument. Then they will place the grafting material is space beneath the newly raised sinus cavity along the existing bone. This grafting material will then fuse to the bone, thus creating more bone.

The procedure should take about 1-2 hours, depending on the complexity of the case and the amount of bone augmentation required.

Recovery and Aftercare for Sinus Lift Surgery

After a sinus lift surgery, you will require about 4-9 months to heal completely before the doctor can place the dental implants. During this time, the bone graft material will heal and slowly integrate with the bone in the upper jaw. This process will increase the height of the bone, compensating for bone loss. After this time period, the doctor can proceed with the placement of multiple dental implants. Without this procedure, many patients will not qualify for dental implants.

Following a sinus lift, you should expect some swelling, discomfort, and minor bleeding. These are typical side effects that we will help you manage. During the recovery process, you should expect:

  • To manage your pain with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications during the initial recovery period.
  • Use ice packs or cold compresses to help reduce the swelling and discomfort around the surgical area in the first few days after the procedure.
  • Follow a soft or liquid diet for a few days to avoid irritating the surgical site while it heals.
  • Maintain an oral hygiene routine that includes gently brushing and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash to keep the area clean and promote healing.
  • Restrict your activity by avoiding strenuous activities and exercising for about a week, as we advise, to prevent complications and allow proper healing.
  • Attend all your follow-up appointments so we can monitor your healing and ensure proper integration of the bone graft material.

As with any oral surgery, it is vital to follow all of the post-procedure instructions to avoid complications. These risks and potential complications are generally rare, however it is important for us to inform you about them:

  • Infection
  • Sinus Membrane Perforation
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve Damage
  • Graft Failure
  • Sinus Issues

Contact us to Learn More About Sinus Lift Surgery in Lexington and Concord, MA

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. When you schedule a consultation, your doctor will discuss your specific needs, concerns, and expectations. We will take the time to explain the procedure, answer your questions, and address any concerns you may have. Our team is here to help make your implant treatment successful.