Sinus Lift Surgery for Dental Implants

Dental implants are common procedures for individuals who may be missing a tooth due to decay, an accident, or even disease. When a dental implant is set in place, healthy bone is essential to ensure the placement is effective. Some individuals do not have enough bone in the upper jaw for the surgery to take place. In those instances, the patient would first receive sinus lift surgery. Continue reading to learn more about sinus lift surgery and contact your Winnipeg dentist if you believe you may be in need of the procedure.

Who Needs This Procedure?

As mentioned, this procedure is for patients who do not have sufficient bone in their top jaw. Those patients may be experiencing this for a wide number of reasons, such as:

  • Your sinus cavity is naturally large, or jaw bone is naturally thin
  • You have had a tumor or cyst removed from the area
  • The bone area has been reduced due to tooth loss
  • You have experienced damage, trauma, or periodontitis

If you have experienced one of these situations and are in need of a dental implant, you may need a sinus lift.

The Procedure

In preparation for the procedure, you may have x-rays or CT scans taken. Then your doctor will assess where bone should be taken from in order to graph it onto your jaw. Some candidates can include your own personal bone that of another human, cow bone, or a synthetic material.

There are many different ways to carry out the procedure, but recovery should take 7 to 10 days. Typically it then takes 4 to 9 months before implants can be received. This is to make sure everything has healed correctly.

If you are interested in learning more about receiving a sinus lift or dental implant, contact your Winnipeg dentist for further consulting.


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