Your dentist tells you that you need a sinus lift. But, what is a sinus lift? Sinus lifts are common sinus augmentation procedures are some of the most successful bone grafting procedures that can be performed for dental patients. In fact, a sinus lift can be your best option for a successful dental implant.
Why would you need a sinus lift? A sinus lift adds bone to your upper jaw to support dental implants when there isn’t enough bone height where your molars and premolars are, and your teeth need replacing with dental implants.
Over time the sinuses have a tendency to grow, which can lead to insufficient bone height. Bone loss in that that area can also occur due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, in which case you may not have enough bone to place dental implants and will need a sinus lift.
Now the real question – what does this procedure entail? The procedure begins with an incision into the gum, after which the lateral wall of the sinus is exposed. The surgeon continues by cutting into the membrane covering the sinus and lifting that membrane to make room for the placement of the bone graft material. The bone graft can be taken from the patient, a tissue bank, or it can be made from synthetic materials. However, the room for the bone is created by moving the sinus membrane upward or by “lifting” it, hence the name sinus lift. There is 6 to 9-month healing period before you can have dental implants placed.
If you’d like to find out more about sinus lift procedures, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information regarding dental implants.
Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle.