Improve Your Candidacy for Dental Implants with a Sinus Lift

Patients with insufficient upper jawbone tissue to support dental implants can improve their candidacy for the procedure with a sinus lift. This surgical procedure improves upper jawbone strength, and is typically performed for patients who do not naturally have enough jawbone density to anchor implants. You can trust Dr. Steven Balloch and Dr. Joshua Lomke in Hartford, CT, to perform a safe and effective sinus lift because of their extensive dentistry experience.

When a Sinus Lift may be needed

Tooth roots stimulate the adjacent jawbone structure, bringing needed blood supply and nutrients to the tissue. When a tooth root has been missing for a significant amount of time, the nearby jawbone will begin to atrophy due to lack of stimulation. Additionally, the sinuses may expand as the jawbone deteriorates. Due to this chain of events, patients with missing teeth may lack the bone density in the upper jaw required for dental implant placement.

A sinus lift can correct insufficient jawbone density by grafting your own bone tissue, donor tissue, or synthetic material to the site. The procedure involves lifting the sinus membrane to create room for grafted tissue that is placed along the upper jaw, below the sinuses. Over time, this material fuses with the existing jawbone structure for denser, sturdier bone mass.

If you have had missing teeth for a while, or you have been told that you do not have enough jawbone tissue for dental implants, our dentists can improve  your candidacy for dental implants with a sinus lift.

The Sinus Lift Procedure

Your treatment planning will begin with a member of our team taking multiple scans and x-rays of your jawbone and the connected dental and facial structures. With this information, we can determine if the bone graft material should be grafted from the chin or another site, or if other grafted material from a donor or synthetic material, is beneficial in your case. The precise amounts of bone graft to be placed and the points of their placement will also be pre-determined.

Before and after sinus lift

On the day of your procedure, you will be given anesthesia to numb the area. If you suffer from anxiety or dental phobia, we offer a number of additional sedation options. Once you are completely comfortable, your dentist will make an incision along your gums and create a small opening in the bone. Next, the thin layer of membrane that separate the sinus from the jawbone will be carefully lifted. Your dentist will place the grafted bone material in the space between the membrane and the sinus floor before closing the incisions with sutures. 

A Safe Recovery & Aftercare

A sinus lift can cause some swelling and tenderness, although it is typically limited to the point that most patients return to work within two days. Applying ice to the treatment area goes far in helping to reduce swelling. Antibiotics may be administered to prevent infection, and other medications may be prescribed for pain, congestion, and inflammation. Patients should plan on restricting their diets to soft foods while their mouth heals, and brushing their teeth gently to avoid irritating the treatment area and compromising the sutures. A follow-up examination typically occurs about 7 to 10 days after the procedure.

Improve your candidacy for dental implants

Drs. Balloch and Lomke may be able to restore your dental implants candidacy with a sinus lift. Learn more by contacting us via our online form, or by calling us at (860) 659-8660.