For patients who have lost a tooth or had a tooth extracted, dental implants represent one of the best solutions. With dental implants, you can replace your lost teeth with healthy prostheses; these dental crowns will look and function similar to natural ones.
For some patients, the road to implants can be a bit more challenging. This is especially true for patients who have lost bone mass in their jaw, making proper implant positioning more difficult. This issue can typically be resolved via the regeneration of bone, specifically through a bone graft procedure.
Valley OMS has extensive experience providing bone grafts of all kinds, including the common sinus lift graft. We welcome you to learn more about this dental treatment.
What is a Sinus Lift Graft?
Bone grafts help regenerate bone material via the transplantation of bone, most often as a way of preparing the patient for dental implants. The sinus lift graft is a specific type of bone graft that increases the amount of bone available in the upper jaw in the molar area. The process involves not only the placement of new bone tissue but also the repositioning of sinus membranes to make room for the implants in those patients whose sinus floor is too low, allowing us to place implants that are long enough.
A simple way to think about this approach is that it makes your upper jawbone taller and thus provides more surface area for dental implants to be anchored firmly into place.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Sinus Lift Graft?
If you have lost teeth or anticipate having teeth extracted in the molar area of the upper jaw, then you are likely a good candidate for dental implants. During your initial consultation, your doctor will perform a physical evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw, ensuring there is adequate bone mass for implants. If there is insufficient bone, your doctor will talk with you about options for bone grafting and potentially for a sinus lift graft.
The likelihood that you will need a bone graft increases significantly if much time elapses between your tooth loss and your implant surgery. As such, we would always recommend that patients who lose teeth pursue tooth replacement as soon as they are able.
Meet Your Oral Surgeons
At Valley OMS, our oral surgeons are well-regarded for their commitment to minimally invasive techniques, allowing our patients to enjoy quality outcomes with abbreviated recovery times. We boast a full spectrum of treatment options, including everything from dental implants to wisdom teeth removal to TMJ therapies. Get to know our surgeons by browsing their individual bios.
Does a Sinus Lift Graft Hurt?
One of the most common questions we hear regarding the sinus lift graft is whether the procedure is painful. Rest assured that our practice is committed to patient comfort and safety, and we offer a spectrum of anesthesia options to keep you out of pain. But the majority of sinus lift patients are shocked by the limited amount of pain and swelling.
Schedule a Consultation with Valley OMS
At Valley OMS, we take pride in offering a variety of options for replacing lost teeth, even among patients who require bone grafting. If you have any questions about the sinus lift graft procedure, we welcome you to contact us to schedule a consultation.