Sinus Lift Norwalk, CT
Sinus lift surgery allows many patients to get the dental implants they need. Sinus lift surgery raises the sinus floor and encourages bone formation, facilitating the success of upper jaw implants. Dental implants can only be as successful as the attaching jawbone allows.
Sinus lift surgery is available at Premier Oral Surgery in Norwalk and the surrounding area. If you lack sufficient bone for dental implants, this procedure may be the treatment you need. Call our oral surgeon and team at (203) 945-0049 to schedule an appointment today.
Understanding Sinus Lift Surgery
Maxillary sinuses are empty spaces that sit behind the cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Some upper teeth have roots that extend into the maxillary sinuses. Extracting these teeth often leaves the sinuses with just a thin wall of bone separating them from the mouth. The resulting thinness may make it impossible to place dental implants in this bone.
Sinus lift surgery, also known as sinus augmentation surgery, can "lift" the sinus floor and stimulate new bone production. This is one of the most common bone grafting dental procedures, specifically for patients who have experienced bone loss in the upper jaw. Sinus lift surgery improves both the quality and quantity of the jawbone.
Thus, there will be enough jawbone for the dental implants to attach themselves to, increasing the implants' potential rate of success. Our oral surgeon can determine if the patient is a candidate for a sinus lift during a consultation.
“Sinus lift surgery, also known as sinus augmentation surgery, can “lift” the sinus floor and stimulate new bone production.”
What to Expect During Sinus Lift Surgery
Every sinus lift surgery is different. Some patients require more intensive procedures than others. In most cases, the surgeon exposes the jaw bone by making a small incision on the premolar or molar region. The oral surgeon then cuts a small opening cut into the bone, and the surgeon pushes the membrane lining of the sinus upward.
Afterward, bone grafting material fills the underlying space. The healing process begins when the surgeon implants the bone and sutures the incision. Eventually, the bone will become a part of the patient's jaw, and the patient will be ready for dental implants. Some patients can get their sinus lift and implant placement surgeries done in a single procedure.
However, this requires them to have enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus for the implant to stabilize. If the patient does not have sufficient bone, then they must first undergo a sinus lift and wait for the graft to mature before moving to dental implant placement.
“The healing process begins when the surgeon implants the bone and sutures the incision.”
Aftercare for Sinus Lift Surgery
Patients should expect some discomfort for the first few days following surgery and plan to take at least one week off to recover. As each recovery varies, some patients may feel well enough to return to their daily activities before this time. In any case, bleeding, fatigue, nasal congestion and discharge, and general pain are not uncommon during the recovery period.
These will eventually subside, and the surgeon should address any persisting issues during the patient's postoperative visits. There are many measures patients can take to facilitate the recovery period and ensure the success of their surgery. For instance, patients should avoid heavy lifting, nose-blowing, and general straining for at least 10 days following the procedure, as they may trigger bleeding.
Patients should also avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) for at least two weeks before and after surgery for the same reason. Additionally, patients should restrict any usage of steroid nasal sprays for at least two weeks following sinus surgery, as they may impede the healing of the lining of the nose and sinuses.
A nasal saline spray may ease discomfort after surgery. Patients can use these every two to three hours and purchase them over the counter at the pharmacy. The surgeon will also likely provide the patient with information on how to conduct sinus irrigations as part of their aftercare routine. Patients should be able to perform their regular exercise routine at 50% capacity by one week following surgery and 100% capacity by two weeks. Our oral surgeon will go over the most effective methods to boost recovery during an appointment.
“Patients should expect some discomfort for the first few days following surgery and plan to take at least one week off to recover.”
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Q. Is sinus lift surgery right for me?
A. Not everyone is a good candidate for sinus lift surgery. However, it may be right for the person if they are missing:
Q. What kind of grafting material is used in sinus lift surgery?
A. There are many different types of bone grafts. The surgeon may use bone taken from your own body, from a donor, from an animal, or substitute bone with synthetic materials. The type used varies on a case-by-case basis.
Q. How long does it take to recover from a sinus lift surgery?
A. Recovery time after a sinus lift is variable depending on each patient's needs. Typically, however, the bone will develop for about four to 12 months before the surgeon places any implants. You may still need some additional healing time after getting your implants.
Q. Is sinus lift surgery painful?
A. Typically, patients undergo local anesthesia for sinus lift surgery, which will make the experience painless. However, our qualified team offers a variety of anesthetic and sedative options (including oral and intravenous sedative medication) for our more nervous patients. In any case, we will do our best to ensure that you have the most painless, comfortable experience possible.
Q. How will I feel after my sinus lift surgery?
A. You will probably feel fatigued and uncomfortable immediately after your surgery. It is typical to experience swelling and bleeding from your mouth or nose. These symptoms and a sense of general discomfort may continue for a few days after the surgery. However, this should not be majorly disruptive. Call our office immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
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By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.
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Bone loss can lead to a variety of issues, especially if it impedes you from getting necessary dental implants. Our oral surgeon and team at Premier Oral Surgery may be able to help. Call our Norwalk office at (203) 945-0049 to schedule an appointment today.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Clinical Terms. 2023
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2023
- American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. 2023
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. 2023
- American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2023
- National Cancer Institute (NCI). National Cancer Institute (NCI). 2023
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2023
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