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A sinus lift is a specific type of bone graft used to prepare the upper jaw for dental implants. A sinus lift adds bone tissue to the upper jaw to elevate the sinus membrane and make room for implants. Dr. Eric Fisher can provide sinus lifts at our state-of-the-art dental practice in Plainview, NY.
When Is a Sinus Lift Necessary?
When there is insufficient bone tissue in the upper jaw, or the sinus cavity naturally lies too close to the implant site, a sinus lift can restore candidacy for dental implant placement. The upper jaw presents a specific set of challenges for implants. There is less bone tissue in the back of the upper jaw. Tooth loss and periodontal disease can cause bone recession in this area and make implant placement without a bone graft impossible.
Dr. Fisher has spent over 30 years performing dental implant placement and the associated procedures.
In addition, the maxillary sinus tends to rest directly above the tooth roots. The natural shape and size of the maxillary sinus vary from patient to patient.
Preparing for a Sinus Lift
At our state-of-the-art facility, we use the advanced Planmeca® 3D scanner to map the exact location of your sinuses and develop the safest treatment plan. Dr. Fisher can discuss the entire procedure with you before beginning treatment, including your sedation options.
During your sinus lift, Dr. Fisher will make a small opening in the gum tissue and bone in the treatment area. Then, he can gently raise your sinus membrane up and away from the jawbone. Once the sinus is lifted, he can pack the resulting space with grafting material and close the incision with sutures. Over the next six to nine months, the graft will fuse with the surrounding natural bone to create a strong base for your implants.
Recovery and Aftercare
You may experience some swelling after the procedure. Some patients also report minor bleeding from their nose or the treatment area. These symptoms should subside within about a week. Take care not to blow your nose or sneeze too forcefully, as these actions could cause the grafting material to shift.
We can provide you with detailed postoperative instructions and any necessary medications such as saline spray and prescriptions to manage discomfort, congestion, or inflammation. You will need to return to our office periodically during the healing process so Dr. Fisher can monitor your progress.
Create a Stable Implant Foundation
Since dental implants rely on surrounding bone for support, having strong, dense bone tissue in your jaw is crucial for the success of your treatment. If you need to replace molars in your upper jaw, you may need a sinus lift to create a viable foundation. For more information about sinus lifts or the other types of bone grafts we offer, call our office at (516) 942-4440 or contact us online today.