Following tooth loss, your jawbone can recess and ultimately make you ineligible for certain restorative procedures, such as dental implants. At Affordable Dental Clinics in Greeley, CO, Dr. Stephen Brown can perform a sinus lift for patients lacking sufficient jawbone tissue in their upper jaw. With over 30 years of surgical experience, Dr. Brown operates with extreme precision and care, ensuring your comfort before, during, and after the sinus lift procedure.
As long as teeth are present, the roots stimulate the nerves in the jawbone. This process preserves the jawbone structure and density. When teeth are missing, bone atrophy may occur over time. The upper back teeth are positioned just below the maxillary sinuses. When these teeth are missing, the sinus cavity can drop down and invade the space once inhabited by the roots. In cases such as this, dental implants cannot be placed, as they would penetrate the sinus cavity. A sinus lift can effectively raise the sinus membrane back into its appropriate location and increase the jawbone density in the area. In most cases, this can improve patient eligibility for dental implants.
Before performing the procedure, Dr. Brown will perform a complete examination. X-rays and scans will also be taken to assess the health and density of the jawbone. Your medical history will be discussed in detail as well, to confirm you are qualified to undergo oral surgery.
A sinus lift can effectively raise the sinus membrane back into its appropriate location and increase the jawbone density in the area.
To perform the sinus lift procedure, Dr. Brown will administer local anesthesia to numb the gums and surrounding tissues. Once you are comfortable, he will make a small incision in the gums to access the jawbone underneath. Next, a small window will be made in the side of the jawbone, which will allow Dr. Brown to see the sinus membrane. Using specialized dental instruments, he will carefully lift the floor of the sinus to its original position. The void underneath the membrane will be packed with a bone grafting material to add height to and enhance the jawbone. Finally, the gum tissue will be repositioned, and the surgical site will be closed with sutures.
Immediately following your sinus lift procedure, you will likely experience some degree of tenderness, bleeding, and swelling. Any discomfort can be managed with a combination of prescription medications and over-the-counter pain relievers. Swelling can be reduced with the use of a cold compress, which can be placed over the affected area in 20-minute increments for the first 24 hours. Most patients experience minimal discomfort after a sinus lift and are able to return to work within two to three days.
You will need to heal for several months after the procedure before any restorative work can be completed. During this time, the jawbone will regenerate and become strong enough to accommodate dental implants. While you heal, you will visit our office periodically, so Dr. Brown can monitor your progress. Once the jawbone density is sufficient, we will schedule you for your next phase of treatment.
If you have been told you do not qualify for implants due to a lack of jawbone density, you may be able to improve your eligibility with a sinus lift. To determine if this treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation at our practice. You can contact us online anytime, or call us at (970) 353-6249.
I am very pleased with the service I received at Dr. Brown's office. All the people there are very nice and easy to work with. I would refer anyone to this office, I am very happy with my dental work done here.