Improve Your Eligibility for Dental Implants with a Sinus Lift
To be successful long-term, dental implants must be placed in dense, strong, healthy bone. Patients who have sustained bone deterioration due to gum disease or prolonged tooth loss may require a procedure to restore lost bone and overall oral health.
At our Orlando, FL, practice, Dr. Alfredo M. Gapuz can perform a sinus lift for patients who lack the jawbone tissue to improve your candidacy for implants. During this procedure, the sinus membrane is gently raised to its proper position and bone grafting material is placed to properly accommodate implant posts. Dr. Gapuz offers oral conscious sedation, as well as the all-natural NuCalm™ system, to help you feel relaxed during the sinus lift procedure.
Who Is a Candidate for a Sinus Lift?
Patients who have insufficient bone tissue in their upper jaw may qualify for a sinus lift procedure. In general, candidates must be in good overall health and have a full understanding of the treatment process. Individuals with certain medical conditions or an increased risk for infection may not be eligible for this treatment, however. During a consultation at our practice. Dr. Gapuz can determine if a sinus lift procedure is right for you.
Sinus Lift Procedure
On the day of the procedure, treatment is usually broken down into several distinct steps:
- Anesthesia: Before beginning your sinus lift, Dr. Gapuz administers local anesthesia to numb the gums. If you opt for sedation, it will be administered prior to the treatment, as well.
- Incisions: Small incisions are created in the gums near the treatment area.
- Access window: Once he has accessed the jawbone, Dr. Gapuz creates a small hinged window in the upper jawbone. This allows him to visualize the sinus properly.
- Lifting the membrane: Using specialized instruments and gentle techniques, Dr. Gapuz carefully lifts the sinus, raising the membrane into its appropriate position.
- Placing the bone graft: Next, the space left behind by the sinus membrane is filled in with a bone grafting material. While this graft may be obtained from another portion of your jaw, it can also be taken from a bone and tissue bank.
- Closing the incisions: Once the bone graft is in place, Dr. Gapuz repositions the gum tissue and closes the incisions with surgical sutures.
Full recovery following a sinus lift takes approximately six to nine months. At this point, you will be ready for dental implant placement.
Healing and Recovery
Following a sinus lift, patients should adhere to the post-operative guidelines provided by Dr. Gapuz. Patients should:
- Take all prescription and over-the-counter medications as directed.
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least one week.
- Eat a soft diet for approximately one week, reintroducing more solid food as your comfort level improves.
- Gently rinse your mouth twice a day with a warm saltwater solution.
- Avoid brushing the surgical site until otherwise directed by Dr. Gapuz. Brush all other areas normally within your comfort level.
- Do not drink through straws until cleared by Dr. Gapuz.
- Try not to sneeze. If you must, though, do not attempt to hold it in.
- Avoid blowing your nose for at least one month after the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, patients can expect some degree of bleeding, swelling, and inflammation. These side effects are normal and should subside in about one to two weeks. Full recovery following a sinus lift takes approximately six to nine months. At this point, you will be ready for dental implant placement.
Improve Your Candidacy
If you have previously been told you do not qualify for dental implants due to bone loss, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gapuz. A sinus lift procedure may increase your chances for dental implant placement. Contact us online or call our office at (407) 251-5100.