Performing a dental implant surgery involves taking into account numerous factors, including the bone density in the place the implant has been positioned. Generally, the upper jaw is a tricky place for a dental implant since it is narrow and is very close to the sinus cavity. Plus, if you have ever had periodontal disease, the bone density in that place may have deteriorated. If this is the case with you, and at Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery may recommend a sinus lift surgery for you.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift surgery, also called a sinus lift augmentation, is a minor surgery that helps increase the bone density in your upper jaw, particularly the area between your upper molars and premolars. Above this area is the sinus cavity. This procedure is done under local anesthesia. We may also administer a sedative if you suffer from dental anxiety. We will make a small incision in your upper gum to expose your jawbone. We will cut out a tiny flap of your bone and lift it into the sinus cavity. We will then raise the sinus floor membrane and pack a bone grafting material in that space to boost new bone development. The grafting material may be taken from your own body or a human, animal, or lab-made source. Once we have filled the space adequately, we will suture the incision close and allow it to heal. The healing process can take anywhere between four to 12 months depending on the health of your jaw. People who undergo a sinus lift surgery have a better chance of a successful dental implant surgery.
What Happens After a Sinus Lift?
After a sinus lift surgery, you may experience mild pain and some swelling in the area where the graft took place. However, this discomfort can easily be managed by over-the-counter painkillers. You may also bleed slightly from the mouth and the nose in the following days; however, these issues will resolve quickly. After a sinus lift procedure, we advise that you avoid coughing or sneezing. Since the bone grafting material is so close to the sinuses, these actions can dislodge the grafting material and break your stitches. We may also prescribe you a saline spray to keep your nose moist as well as antibiotics and antimicrobial mouthrinse to eliminate any chances of infection. We may call you for a follow-up appointment a week or 10 days after the surgery. During this, we will check if the site is healing well. At this stage, your gums will have healed and your stitches will dissolve on their own. However, if your stitches have not dissolved, we will remove them too.
A sinus lift procedure is a simple and safe procedure. However, like all surgeries, it carries some risks. If you experience increased pain and bleeding about three days after the procedure or you develop a fever, this may be a sign of a complication or an infection. In this case, we recommend that you get an urgent appointment with us at Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery so that we can treat you. However, the chances of these complications are minimal.
If you are concerned about the procedure, you can call us at any time at 304-345-1092 to get more information.