Our sinuses are empty cavities filled with air located on each side of the nose. They can affect dental implants that are being used in the upper jaw to replace missing back teeth. The jawbone tends to be thinner in this area than in other regions of your jawbone, so it might be that, in the first place, there was never enough bone. However, bone loss has occurred quite frequently after natural teeth have been removed. This happens because your natural tooth roots provide your jawbone with much-needed stimulation, which tells it to continue to renew old bone cells. This stimulation is lost when the tooth roots are removed, and bone resorption can rapidly occur. A sinus lift is an excellent treatment for replacing this lost bone and your dental implants to ensure plenty of healthy and robust bone. It is only a small procedure for surgery. You can rest assured that, during the entire process, we will keep you completely comfortable.
In short, a sinus lift, sometimes referred to as a sinus augmentation, is an operation that adds bone to your upper jaw in the gap between your molars and premolars, which is also the space on either side of your nose between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses. The sinus membrane must be moved upward or lifted to make room for the bone, which gives the surgery its name. A dental specialist, such as an oral maxillofacial surgeon or a periodontist, usually performs a sinus lift.
There are several reasons why someone might need a dental sinus lift procedure. Examples include:
- The bone height of the upper jaw is too short
- The sinuses are too close to the jaw
- Dental implants need to be placed, and the room must be made
- If an oral health professional believes that this is necessary, a sinus lift may be the answer.
- Some people may have lost a few of the teeth in the upper jaw. Often, the molars are just these. Some of the jaw bone may be lost in this case, and more bone must be put in before implants can be administered.
- A decrease in the bone density of the jaw itself may have been caused by bone, gum, or periodontal disease.
- When people lose their teeth, calcium bone is absorbed back into the body. This occurs as the body feels that the calcium can be better used elsewhere without the teeth. This contributes to the loss in the jaw of vital bone mass.
- The individual may have been born with maxillary sinuses that are too close for implants to be placed together.
Although some individuals may still hesitate to invest in a sinus lift, it is essential to note that these procedures have become more prevalent over the past decade. There were more individuals investing in implants. It is crucial to understand how this procedure is performed before deciding.
Our dentist will have x-rays taken before you have a sinus lift. A CT scan will be used to identify areas where the bone is deficient and vital structures that must be avoided during surgery, such as nerves and blood vessels. Our dentists will know precisely where to place the bone when you come to get your sinus lift, so the actual procedure should be quick and smooth. A small incision in your gums will be made to place the bone, exposing the underlying bone of the jaw. A small window is cut into the jawbone to reveal the membrane that lies between your sinus cavities and your jawbone. The membrane is pushed upward or lifted out of the way, giving your jawbone more room. This space is then packed with the material for bone grafting, and your gum will be stitched back into place so that the healing process can begin. It usually takes three months for a bone graft to heal, at which stage it is possible to place your dental implants.
You could have some swelling in the area where the bone was added after the sinus lift procedure. Most patients, however, only experience a little discomfort. In the days immediately after surgery, you might also experience some light bleeding from your nose or mouth.
You may be given a saline spray by your dentist or dental specialist to keep your nose moist, a congestion and inflammation prevention prescription, a pain medicine prescription, an antibiotic, and/or an antimicrobial mouthwash to help prevent infection.
7-10 days after your surgery, you will have a follow-up appointment with the dental specialist. The specialist will examine the surgical site during this appointment and eliminate any stitches that have not dissolved independently. Patients are required to return a few more times for check-in in some cases. There is, in any case, no need to worry. This is to make sure that the area heals correctly.
In a sinus lift operation, there is some risk, as with any surgery or procedure. The main risk is that it could puncture or tear a sinus membrane. If this occurs, the surgeon will either stitch or place a patch over the sinus tear. If the sinus membrane repair is not successful, your surgeon may stop the procedure before trying again and give you the whole time to heal.
As with any surgical procedure, infection is also a risk. Conditions from a sinus lift are unusual, however.
Rarely, the existing bone does not integrate with the material of the bone graft, which means that no blood supply develops in the grafted area. You may need to have the sinus lift procedure repeated if this happens.
Dentists charge anywhere from around $1,500 to $5,000 in the US. These costs are per side and may be higher depending on how complex the work is and how much bone graft material is required. If you have already received a quote for implants, check whether this includes any preparatory work like bone grafts and sinus surgery.
Dentists charge anywhere from around £600 to £3,000 in the UK. These costs are per side and may be higher depending on how complex the work is and how much bone graft material is required.
However, prices for sinus lift operation is much lower than the rest of the world, costing around 200o Turkish liras in general.