Did you recently find out that you would be a suitable candidate for dental implants? Is the term sinus lift popping up all over the internet? This blog will aim to answer all your questions about having a sinus lift surgery, including the procedure, its costs, recovery time and more.
A sinus augmentation is a procedure, which aims to add bone to your upper jaw, where your molars are. Your sinuses are the empty spaces in your skull. The largest of them go by the name of the ‘maxillary sinuses’ and are located right inside your cheekbones. The space between your sinuses and jaw has a thin membrane lining. The sinus membrane needs to be ‘lifted’ to allow room for the added bone. In general, a sinus lift is one of the most common bone grafting procedures carried out by our oral & maxillofacial surgeon Dr.Gutierres.
For an oral surgeon to attach your dental implants, your upper jaw must have a substantial amount of bone to be able to support them. As the back of your upper jaw usually has less bone than your lower jaw, your dentist has to move up the membrane and fill the left space with additional bone graft, which will support your future implants.
Additionally, if you have been missing teeth in this area for some time, you’re your bone may have absorbed back into your body, which has resulted into further bone loss, making it impossible to attach your implants.
Another reason you may need a sinus lift is that your maxillary sinus lies too close to your upper jaw. The size and shape of the sinus varies from one person to another. This and much more will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation with Dr.Pedro Gutierres.
Before we can know for sure whether you are a candidate for a sinus lift surgery, Dr. Pedro Gutierres will need to assess the amount of existing bone and sinus health through something called a a CT scan. Your consultation with Dr.Pedro Gutierres would have put you at ease and you will be given the choice to conduct the surgery either under a local or a general anaesthetic.
The procedure begins with Dr Pedro Gutierres gently exposing the jawbone at the back of your mouth, cutting a small incision in the bone, and lifting up the sinus membrane lining. The space underneath is then packed with bone graft material, and once this is inserted, the cut is stitched.
In some cases, if there is enough stable bone available, dental implants can be attached during the same day. However, in most cases the bone needs time to heal and integrate into your jaw before dental implants can be attached.
The price of a Sinus Lift Surgery at Maida Smiles Clinic starts from £1250 and you will get a full breakdown of each step of the surgery during your initial consultation with Dr.Pedro Gutierres, as well as any additional costs associated with it. We understand that although opting for dental implants may be the best solution, it is also a big investment. That is why we offer 12-month interest free financing plans for all patients on their smile journey.
There may be little discomfort after your sinus lift surgery and some patients experience small amounts of swelling. However, there are a few factors, which we would like our patients to consider when leaving our office. Blowing your nose should be avoided where possible for a few days post op, as it may dislodge your stitches.
Dr Pedro Gutierres will prescribe medication for any pain, an antibiotic, and a mouthwash to prevent infection. It is recommended that patients follow a soft food diet, taking care to avoid the surgical area when chewing. Avoid sticky, hard (such as ice cubes, nuts, popcorn, chips), brittle, spicy, highly seasoned, or acidic foods in your diet.
After a week Dr Gutierres will examine the results of the sinus lift to ensure it is healing well. Depending on the amount of grafted material inserted into your jaw, it will take from four to nine months for the bone graft to integrate with your bone and you will be right back on your journey to getting the perfect smile you’ve always dreamt of.
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