Sinus Lift: Preparing You for Dental Implants
For years, patients with missing teeth were told that they were not good candidates for dental implants due to bone loss and decreased bone density. Drs. Kenneth A. Malament, Dan Nathanson, and Hans-Peter Weber can perform a sinus lift to help prepare your upper jaw for dental implants. To help make this procedure as comfortable as possible, our office in Boston, MA, is able to provide various levels of sedation for patients with dental phobia.
Do You Need a Sinus Lift?
Placing implants in your upper jawbone can be challenging due to insufficient remaining bone tissue, loss of jawbone density, and the proximity to your sinus cavity. If your upper jaw does not have enough room to support dental implants, you may be a good candidate for a sinus lift. Other reasons you may require a sinus lift include bone deficiency due to:
- Damage from a previous tooth extraction
- Delayed treatment for missing teeth
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Oral trauma
- Preexisting size and shape of your maxillary sinus
- Bone that is too thin to support an implant
However, not every person receiving implants will have challenging bone density or quantity, and our doctors can help you determine whether you need a sinus lift before beginning your treatment.
How Does A Sinus Lift Work?
A sinus lift will raise your sinus floor and help you develop sufficient bone tissue to support implants. After placing you under a comfortable level of sedation, one of our doctors will create an incision in the gums where your tooth loss occurred and where your new implants will go. The carefully placed incision will expose the jawbone, where the doctor will create a small, circular incision. The small piece of bone resulting from the incision will be lifted into the sinus cavity, creating space for your implants. To promote bone growth, the space left in your jawbone will be filled with bone graft material.
Once the space has been filled, one of our doctors will close the incision and the healing process will begin. Over the next six to nine months, you should discontinue unhealthy habits—such as smoking—to promote a healthy recovery. When you are fully healed, you will be ready to undergo dental implant surgery and enjoy the benefits of implant-retained prosthetics.
Our doctors can help you determine whether you need a sinus lift before beginning your treatment.
Why Choose Our Doctors
We are prosthodontists, and our specialty is providing restorative treatment from preparatory procedures to the delivery of your prosthetics. Instead of visiting multiple specialists to complete your treatment, you can have each step of your restoration completed in our office by highly trained doctors. We also provide sedation dentistry, which we can adjust to help your procedure be as painless as possible.
Schedule a Consultation
Even if you have been told by another doctor that you are not a good candidate for implants, we can perform preparatory procedures that help you enjoy the various benefits of dental implants. Our team is ready to help you enjoy the look and feel of your smile once more. To schedule your consultation, call our office at (617) 523-5451 or contact us online.