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When men and women have been missing teeth in their upper jawbone for a substantial amount of time, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, leaving just a thin layer of bone tissue separating the mouth from the sinus cavity. Patients who want to have dental implants placed to address their tooth loss sometimes require a sinus lift because of this inadequate upper jawbone density, which is unable to support dental implants.

If you already know you need to have a sinus lift, or you suspect this will be a requirement for you before you can have dental implants placed, you’re likely wondering what is involved in the sinus lift process with Dr. Scherer of Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center. You’ll find out in this blog, so keep reading.

What Is a Sinus Lift?

A sinus lift is a type of bone graft that can help strengthen the jaw beneath the sinus cavity. The sinus cavity is located directly above the upper row of teeth, and behind the cheeks. Patients who have their natural teeth will have tooth roots that extend up into this cavity. This is a sign of healthy teeth and a healthy tooth root system. When an adult loses a tooth, the jawbone will start to deteriorate in the vacant spot, resulting in a thin strip of tissue separating the mouth and the cavity.

The Sinus Lift Process

Sinus lift surgery helps correct inadequate upper jawbone tissue by raising the sinus floor and strengthening the bone in preparation for dental implant placement. There are several different techniques Dr. Scherer can use to perform a sinus lift. One common technique is done by creating an incision in the gum line to expose the affected bone. Dr. Scherer will them cut a small circle into the bone and use it to lift the sinus cavity. The space below the bone is filled with a bone graft. For the bone graft, Dr. Scherer can use bone from another area of the patient’s body, bone from a donor, or a synthetic compound. To conclude this sinus lift technique, Dr. Scherer will close the incision and the healing process will begin.

Another way Dr. Scherer could perform your sinus lift is by placing bone grafting material above and below the thin layer of tissue in the jaw to provide support and structure. Over time, this bone bonds with the existing bone and will stimulate new bone growth, effectively raising the sinuses so that his patient will have enough bone density for a successful dental implant surgery.

Recovery from a Sinus Lift

Patients who receive a sinus lift with Dr. Scherer will be put under anesthesia or sedation during their surgery so that they won’t feel a thing. You will simply wake up with a new, small incision in your upper jaw.

Immediately following the sinus lift procedure, Dr. Scherer’s patients will experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bleeding. However, these side effects are to be expected and should not be serious. He recommends using over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the discomfort and light pressure at the sight of the incision to control bleeding.

You should avoid blowing your nose and sneezing after sinus lift surgery, as this could cause your bone graft to shift out of position. You will return to Dr. Scherer’s office 7-10 days after your procedure to make sure you are healing well. At that time, Dr. Scherer will be able to give you an estimated timeframe for your complete healing, and when you can expect to receive your dental implants.

If You Need a Sinus Lift, Dr. Scherer Is the Man for the Job

With years of experience in performing oral surgery procedures of every type, Dr. Scherer has the knowledge and skillful precision to provide you with amazing sinus lift results.

To schedule your initial consultation and find out if you need a sinus lift before you have your dental implants placed, call his office today at (630) 364-2888.