At Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, we offer sinus lifts, a special type of surgery whereby we add more bone to the premolars and molar area of the upper jaw to create space for a dental implant. It’s also referred to as a sinus augmentation.
The word lift comes from the procedure, which involves moving the sinus membrane upward to make more room available for the new bone. The bone will be installed between the maxillary sinus membrane and your jaw.
When It’s Used
Often, a sinus lift is performed on people who do not have enough bone for an implant in the upper jaw, particularly in the areas around the molars and premolars. Bone resorption can occur if the teeth have been missing for a long period, thus leaving the area without enough bone to support an implant.
There are also cases where the maxillary sinus is near the upper jaw, thereby restricting a dental implant. The size and shape of the sinus varies from one person to another. Furthermore, the sinus may get big as you grow old.
Preparing for the Procedure
For the sinus lift to be successful, a thorough exam must be performed. Radiographs and a CT scan will be taken so the sinuses and jaw anatomy can be evaluated.
During the procedure, Dr. Brian Pitfield will cut into the gum tissue, and the tissue will be raised to expose the jawbone. An oval window will be created in the bone. On the inside of the window, there’s a membrane which lines the sinus and separates the jaw from the sinus. It’s this membrane that’ll be pushed upward in a gentle motion. The grafted bone will be inserted in the space created as the membrane is lifted away from the floor of the sinus.
After inserting the bone, the tissue will be re-positioned over the window and sutured. Depending on your circumstances, the dental implant may be placed during the procedure. For more information about a sinus lift procedure, get in touch with our professionals at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, at (601) 255-9929 any time.