If you are getting dental implants to fill the missing gaps in your smile, then you might have heard your dentist talk about a small surgical procedure – sinus augmentation.
It’s possible that you lost your concentration at the word ‘surgical’, but there is no need to stress yourself over a minor procedure that will increase the efficacy of your dental implants. So, before we clear your misconception about this surgical procedure, let’s learn its purpose.
What Is Sinus Augmentation
Sinus augmentation or sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone near molars and premolars located in your upper jaw. The procedure is done by a periodontist or a maxillofacial surgeon. The specialist will make room for the new bone by lifting the sinus membrane located in the maxillary sinuses, situated on both sides of your nose.
What Is The Procedure Needed?
Dental implants require sufficient space for functionality, some people don’t have the required bone height or space for the implants between the upper jaw and sinuses. But there are various other reasons that create the need of this procedure.
- Loss of bone due to gum disease.
- Absence of bone due to teeth loss. Bones also disintegrate if teeth have been missing for a long time.
- Loss of molars or other back teeth in the upper jaw cause loss of bone.
- With age the sinus grows in size. This leaves less space for implants between your upper jaw and sinuses.
Preparation For The procedure
The bone added to your upper jaw can have multiple sources, such as, your autogenous bone, cadaver, or cow bone.
An autogenous bone will be extracted from other parts of your body like mouth, hip, or tibia. A CT scan will be conducted to determine the size and width of your existing bone and sinuses health.
How Does The Procedure Works?
The bone is exposed by cutting the tissue located at the place of your back teeth. This cut opens a small inlet for the sinus membrane to be extracted.
The emptied space is then filled with granules of bone grafts. The bone varying in size, for each patient, will be added above the jaw.
Swelling, nose, and mouth bleeds are common side effects amongst sinus augmentation patients and can be controlled with medication provided by the dentist. Just remember not to blow your hose too hard, this can shift your graft and open stitches.
Use the saline spray and prescribed medicines to keep your nose wet and free from congestion and inflammation. Depending on your condition after the procedure the perodontist will prescribe you pain medication, antibiotics, and mouthwash to prevent infections and speed up the recovery process.
You can expect a follow-up after 7-10 days of your surgery. In this follow-up your stitches will be examined and if they have healed properly, they will dissolve on their own or the perodontist will physically remove them. You will need to periodically visit the dentist Bethesda to see if your surgical site is healing properly.
After this procedure you will need to wait for 4-9 months before getting dental implants. The delay is required for the graft to harden and integrate with your jaw properly.
What Are The Risks?
- Sinus membrane can be punctured
- Infection from trauma
- Blood supply may not develop in the grafted area.
There are a lot of factors at play that make a surgery successful. In case of a puncture the surgeon will let the membrane heal before repeating the procedure. Other than this blood supply difficulties happen only in cases where a live bone is missing. But the procedure can be repeated to ensure that the patient gets an implant.
You can avail the expertise of Bethesda Dental Health’s perodontist. We use advanced technology that makes sinus augmentation convenient for all our clients. With our free consultations and interest free payment plan you can avail this procedure in a friendly and comfortable environment. Call (301) 654-1887 to book an appointment.