Sinus Grafting
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Sinus Grafting
Sinus Grafting

A surgical procedure that involves elevating the sinus membrane and placing graft material in the space created between the jaw and the sinus cavities.

At Smiley Implants, we specialize in advanced procedures to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. Sinus grafting, also known as sinus lift surgery, is a crucial procedure we offer to patients who require dental implants in the upper jaw but do not have sufficient bone height in the area beneath the sinuses. Our expert team is dedicated to providing safe, effective treatments that pave the way for successful dental implants.

What is Sinus Grafting?

Sinus grafting is a surgical procedure that involves elevating the sinus membrane and placing bone graft material in the space created between the jaw and the sinus cavities. This process helps increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw above the molars and premolars, creating a sturdy foundation for future dental implants.

Why is Sinus Grafting Needed?

Sinus grafting is often recommended when:

  • There is insufficient bone height in the upper jaw.
  • The sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed safely.
  • Bone loss has occurred due to periodontal disease, tooth loss, or other factors.

Benefits of Sinus Grafting

  1. Enables Dental Implants: Sinus grafting makes it possible to place implants in patients who otherwise would not be candidates due to insufficient bone.
  2. Long-Term Solution: Offers a durable solution for tooth loss, supporting a range of prosthetic options such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.
  3. Preserves Facial Structure: Prevents the sunken appearance often associated with tooth loss and aging.
  4. Enhances Oral Health: By enabling the placement of implants, sinus grafting helps maintain jaw health and overall dental hygiene.

The Sinus Grafting Procedure

  1. Initial Consultation: Our specialists conduct a thorough examination, including imaging tests such as X-rays or CT scans, to assess the anatomy of your sinuses and the health of your jawbone.
  2. Treatment Planning: We discuss your options regarding anesthesia and the type of graft material to be used, which can be either from your own bone, a donor, or synthetic materials.
  3. Surgical Procedure: The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, based on your comfort and health needs. The sinus membrane is carefully lifted, and the bone graft material is inserted.
  4. Healing and Recovery: Healing time varies by individual but typically requires several months for the grafted material to fuse with your natural bone. During this period, follow-up visits are essential to monitor your healing and prepare for the next steps of implant placement.
  5. Follow-Up Care: Once healing is confirmed, dental implants can be scheduled as the final step in restoring your smile.

Post-Operative Care

After sinus grafting, you may experience swelling, bleeding, or bruising, which are normal and manageable with proper care:

  • Rest: Avoid strenuous activity for a few days to help the healing process.
  • Medications: Pain relief medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to manage discomfort and prevent infection.
  • Diet: Consume soft foods and avoid very hot or very cold beverages immediately after the procedure.
  • Oral Hygiene: Gentle rinsing with salt water can help keep the area clean, but avoid disturbing the graft site with direct contact.

At our practice, we are committed to ensuring your comfort and achieving the best results through personalized care. Sinus grafting is just one of the many advanced treatments we provide to help restore functionality and aesthetics to your smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how sinus grafting can benefit you.