In order to have dental implants installed, you must have sufficient bone tissue to anchor those implants. A sinus lift is a surgical procedure to bolster your existing bone, and it’s one of many advanced procedures available from the team at 286 Madison Dental in Midtown, Manhattan. To learn more about dental implants or a sinus lift, call the New York City office to set up a consultation, or use the online booking tool.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that grafts bone tissue into your upper jaw near your molar and premolar teeth. Your sinus system has multiple chambers, including an area called the maxillary sinus that sits just behind your teeth.
This orientation is why you can sometimes have a dull toothache when you get a sinus infection or a really bad cold. This portion of your sinus system naturally grows larger as you age, but if you lose the teeth in that area, it can expand even more.
A sinus lift replaces lost bone tissue in this portion of your jaw and reduces the space in your sinus cavity.
The most common reason for a sinus lift is to build up your bone tissue to support dental implants. Some of the scenarios that can create the need for a sinus lift include:
Fortunately, bone grafting in this area of the body has an exceptionally high success rate.
You receive medication to help you rest comfortably throughout the procedure. The team at 286 Madison Dental uses two different approaches to deliver the bone graft material to the grafting site.
During an osteotome sinus lift, your dentist creates a small opening in the gum tissue over the site of your missing tooth. They move the graft material through the gums with a tool called an osteotome.
Another approach is the lateral window sinus lift and is a better fit for areas where a larger graft is required. Your dentist opens your gum tissue to gain access to an area of bone above your missing teeth. A small opening is cut through the bone, allowing them to place the graft materials into your sinus space.
The graft material can come from your body, a human donor, or a cow bone. There are also synthetic materials available for grafting purposes.
To learn more about the sinus lift procedure, call or schedule an appointment online at 286 Madison Dental for a consultation today.