Fullerton Oral Surgery performs sinus lift procedures in Fullerton, CA.
Call our office at 714-525-1178 to make an appointment for a consultation.
What Is A Sinus Lift?
Sinus lift surgery adds bone mass to the upper jaw. The oral surgeon adds bone to the back of the jaw where the molars and premolars sit. The surgeon also positions new bone between the sinuses and the jaw. The oral surgeon must lift the sinus membrane upward to make room for the higher jawbone.
Reasons why an oral surgeon would recommend a sinus lift vary. The first reason is that the patient has insufficient upper jaw height. The sinuses may also be too close to the jaw. Finally, surgeons often recommend sinus lifts to patients who want dental implants in the upper jaw but don't have enough bone mass to anchor them.
Low upper jaw height can occur due to tooth loss, gum disease, or bone disease. Some patients also have sinuses that are naturally too close together to place dental implants.
Following are different types of sinus lift surgery offered by our practice:
Preparation for Dental Implants
A dental implant requires a healthy jaw with enough height to anchor the titanium screw that replaces the tooth's root. Lifting the sinus allows more space for the healthy jaw to grow. When teeth have been missing for over a few months, the body begins to reabsorb the jawbone in and around the socket.
Insufficient Sinus Width or Height
Sometimes, sinus lift surgery becomes necessary even without bone loss. Some patients do not have enough room between their upper jaw and sinus to place dental implants. After the sinus receives a lift, the surgeon can place the desired implants.
Why Choose Fullerton Oral Surgery?
Our highly qualified oral surgeon, Dr. Steven A. Miyamoto, DDS, Inc., created a warm and welcoming office environment. We provide advanced care using the newest technologies. The practice is friendly and efficient.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sinus Lifts
Here are patient questions about sinus lift procedures:
What does a sinus lift procedure involve?
The surgeon makes an incision along the gum line in the area where the rear teeth are missing. The surgeon then lifts the soft tissue from the bone.
A specialized tool makes a tiny window in the bone, giving the surgeon a view of the sinus membrane. The surgeon lifts the membrane out of the way and places graft material in the space created.
After placing the graft, the surgeon replaces the tissue and secures the area with stitches.
Is a sinus lift painful?
The procedure should not be painful, but it may be uncomfortable afterward.
How long after a sinus lift can I have dental implants placed?
It generally takes six months for the soft tissue, sinus, and grafts to heal enough to place a dental implant.
Call Fullerton Oral Surgery
If your dentist told you that you need a sinus lift, you might want to know more about the procedure. Call our office at 714-525-1178 for a consultation.