Air-filled cavities in the bones of your skull are known as sinuses. Your maxillary sinuses can be found in your cheekbones, just between your eye sockets and teeth. When you lose your upper back teeth, your maxillary sinuses may expand and drop down into your jawbone in the area of the missing teeth.
In some cases, even when you have teeth, there is not enough height of bone between your gum and sinus floor for a dental implant to be placed. That’s where sinus elevation or a sinus lift comes in. It can lift your maxillary sinus and create room for the implant.
The goal of a sinus elevation, which is a bone grafting procedure, is to prepare a site for a dental implant in your upper jaw. Dr. Amin Samadian often performs this procedure because it has been proven to significantly increase the chances of a successful implant.
There are a number of reasons Dr. Amin Samadian may recommend sinus elevation. If you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to place an implant because of a small jaw, a sinus lift may be a good option. Dr. Amin Samadian may also suggest this procedure if you have a large sinus that results in little room for a dental implant or you are facing bone loss or bone damage.
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During sinus elevation, Dr. Amin Samadian will make an incision into your gum. Then, he’ll cut the exposed jawbone to create a moveable flap using ultrasonic devices, which he will gently press upward into your sinus cavity using water pressure and vibrations. This “lift” creates an empty space that may be filled with bone graft material. In some cases, he may place your dental implant right away. Other times, he may wait six or more months before placing the implant.
Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Amin Samadian may administer local anesthesia, oral sedation, or nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) during a sinus lift. Each of these options can keep your pain and discomfort to a minimum.
After a sinus lift, you can expect a successful dental implant procedure.
*Individual Results May Vary
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