Restoring Candidacy for Upper Dental Implants with a Sinus LiftIdaho Falls, ID
Many patients who are otherwise good candidates for dental implants often lack the jawbone tissue to support them. However, losing bone tissue does not necessarily bar patients from this treatment. For those who specifically need implants for teeth missing from their upper arch, Dr. Mark Tall can perform a sinus lift procedure to restore candidacy. During a consultation at Sandcreek Dental in Idaho Falls, ID, practice, we can evaluate your case and determine if this treatment is appropriate for your oral health needs. Our entire team at Sandcreek Dental employs precise, modern techniques to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
When is a Sinus Lift Necessary?
A sinus lift is a preparatory procedure for dental implant placement, recommended to restore lost bone mass in the upper jaw. In order to accommodate the sinus cavities, the upper jawbone is already naturally thin. As a result, it is much more likely to lack the necessary bone to support implants. Further bone recession can result from a number of health problems, including:
- Untreated tooth loss
- Severe gum disease
- Jawbone injury or facial trauma
- Failed dental extractions
- Naturally large sinus cavities or thin sinus walls
The sinus lift procedure is specially designed to address the unique anatomical situation of the upper jaw. Using an array of x-rays and digital scans, , Dr. Tall will conduct a detailed examination of your jawbone to determine whether the treatment can create the room and support necessary for implants. If a sinus lift does not seem appropriate for your particular case, he may recommend alternative treatments, such as dentures or bridges.
A sinus lift raises the floor of the sinuses above your mouth in order to create room for bone tissue and a dental implant.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
Prior to your sinus lift, Dr. Tall will typically administer both local anesthesia and deeper sedation such as nitrous oxide to help you relax. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Tall will make incisions in your gum tissue. Through these openings, he can access and raise up the sinus membrane to accommodate a bone graft.
Depending on your health needs, the doctor can harvest the grafting material from either another section of your jawbone or from donor tissue. Dr. Tall will use small screw-like posts to hold the tissue in place and gently close up the incisions with dissolvable stitches.
Recovery from a Sinus Lift
While the immediate side effects of surgery usually fade within a week, a full recovery can take anywhere from four to nine months. During the initial healing period, you may experience swelling, bleeding, and inflammation. Dr. Tall can provide a prescription for an anti-inflammatory and provide a special mouthwash and saline spray to prevent infection. In addition, you will need to eat a soft diet and be especially careful when brushing your teeth.
It is essential that you take the time to rest and allow your body to heal after surgery.
Most of all, it is essential that you take the time to rest and allow your body to heal. Dr. Tall will advise you about when you can return to work, exercise, and the rest of your normal routine. If the graft is successful, you can receive your dental implants in four to five months when the new tissue has fully integrated with your jawbone structure.
Filling cavities is one of many services that a family dentist provides. Cavities are holes in teeth that occur due to tooth decay. However, if the decay is caught early, it may be possible to reverse it before a cavity forms. Understanding how and why tooth decay happens may make it easier to learn how…
For some people, the idea of getting dentures can be a scary prospect. If you are in this situation, it may mean that you have lost most or all of your teeth. This could have happened because they were severely decayed or many of them were damaged in a serious accident. Regardless of why you…
Enhancing the smile is possible with cosmetic dental services. The appearance of teeth that are discolored, misshapen, crowded, broken, chipped, worn or that have gaps can be improved with a smile makeover. When any of these physical conditions exist, it is helpful to understand the procedures available.According to a 2017 survey by the American Academy…
In recent years, dental cosmetics have come a long way. Patients are able to use crowns to restore teeth that are broken, decayed or stained. This type of restoration looks natural and can completely transform a person's smile. When a tooth is prepared for a crown, a temporary one is often cemented in place so…
Dental veneers can treat a variety of issues, both to improve oral health or simply for cosmetic purposes. They can be used to: Repair chipped or cracked teeth Create a whiter smile when whitening treatments will not work Close gaps between teeth Repair unevenly shaped or sized teeth Restore worn down teeth due to teeth…