Sinus Lift (Sinus Augmentation)
This procedure, which is often known as sinus augmentation, is a procedure that is done to move the sinus to where it is supposed to be. Often times, someone will have a missing tooth and they will want to have dental implants to replace the tooth. When someone has lost a tooth or multiple teeth in the upper jaw and they want to have dental implants, they may need to have this procedure done. When a tooth is missing, the bone that should be holding the tooth in place starts to instinctively shrink. When this happens, the sinus naturally expands itself into the empty space. If someone decides to have a dental implant done, they may need to have the expansion moved to the proper place first so that a bone graft can be placed in the cavity and the dental implant can be placed into the bone.

The Procedure

After Dr. Toms has had time to review your individual needs, he will discuss the sinus surgery options that you have and will let you know what he recommends for your situation. When it is time for your surgery, you will be given a local anesthetic and then the doctor will create access to the cavity through a small opening. With a very small tool, the doctor will carefully lift the sinus until it is in its proper place. A bone graft will then be placed under the cavity and next to the bone so that it can mesh to it and create more bone in the upper jaw where the implant can be secured after the healing process.

Before you are able to receive your dental implant, you will need to completely heal from this procedure. It will typically take anywhere from 4-9 months, but Dr. Toms will monitor the progress of your healing and decide when you are ready. By having the lift done, the bone lost will be compensated for so that you can receive the implants that you need. If you do not have this procedure done, you may not be able to receive implants because your jaw will not be strong enough for them and there will not be a secure spot to attach the implants.

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