Not every patient is an ideal candidate for dental implants in the upper arch as there has to be a healthy amount of bone along with an appropriate amount of room for a surgical post to be placed without touching the sinuses. A surgical sinus lift or sinus bump may be used to help patients become candidates for a dental implant to replace upper back teeth. At Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, board-certified specialists Drs. Stephen DeMarco, Diego Miron, Timothy Adams, and Luis Delgado use advanced expertise and skill to prepare you to receive a dental implant with a sinus augmentation procedure. Inadequate jawbone height, poor bone quality, or sinuses that sit low in the upper jaw are common reasons for performing a sinus lift or sinus bump. During this process, the floor of the maxillary sinus cavity (which sits right above the upper teeth) is augmented through bone grafting so that an implant can be properly placed. To learn if sinus augmentation is right for you, schedule a consultation at one of our full-service surgical centers in Albany, NY.
Candidates for sinus augmentation may have insufficient space or bone height and volume in the upper jaw to receive a dental implant. This may be caused by bone loss in the area, a maxillary sinus floor that has expanded into the space where tooth roots used to sit, or anatomy that positions the sinuses too close to where dental implants will be positioned. At your appointment, our team will capture detailed 3D images to measure your jaw and sinuses and determine whether elevating the sinus floor and placing a bone graft is a proper plan of action to allow for tooth replacement with a dental implant.
What To Expect
A sinus lift is an advanced surgical process that is completed in one of our surgical suites by a member of our experienced specialty team. Sedation dentistry is often used for this type of surgical procedure. A sinus lift raises the floor of the sinus cavity and adds bone tissue beneath to create the structure needed for implant support. In some cases, a sinus bump is performed, which creates an opening in the side of the sinus cavity into which bone grafting material is placed. This, too, creates the bone volume needed for an implant.
When you are prepped and ready, an incision will be made in the gum tissue in the back of the mouth so that we may access the treatment site. Your gums will be retracted to reveal the bone. A small opening in the bone and sinus cavity may be made through which our team will perform a sinus bump procedure. In a sinus lift, we may use advanced tools to elevate the sinus floor without needing to open the sinus cavity. Sutures will then be placed to initiate the healing process.
Following your sinus surgery, you may be given a prescription for a pain reliever to help keep you comfortable as you recover. Our clinical staff will also talk with you or your escort about how you should take care of your incisions and provide instructions on how to care for your mouth over the next few weeks. In many cases, we will schedule a follow-up appointment about a week after your sinus surgery for suture removal. The bone graft may require a few months to heal until dental implant surgery can be scheduled.
A member of our financial team will contact your insurance provider to learn if your plan offers coverage for sinus augmentation procedures. To help you fit any personal expenses for your care into your budget, Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons takes several payment options and can provide information on low-interest medical financing.
Sinus Lift Surgery
A sinus lift may be a key part of preparing your jaw for the successful placement of a dental implant. Like natural teeth, dental implants require proper support in the jaw to best serve your smile. As a full-service surgical practice, Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is pleased to offer advanced sinus lift and sinus bump surgery to improve the health and lives of our patients. We invite you to call our practice in Albany, NY to schedule an appointment with one of our oral surgeons and learn more about your options for sinus augmentation.