Sinus Lift Candidates: Making Dental Implants Possible

Sinus Lift Candidates - Woodinville, WA

Feb 13, 2018 — by Cristin Dowd, DDS
Tags: Sinus Lift Bone Grafting Dental Implants

Sinus lift bone grafting surgeryGetting dental implants can make a major difference in your life. Thanks to these artificial tooth roots, dental bridges, dentures, and even individual dental crowns can be secured in place, with an unrivaled level of stability. When patients lack the sufficient jawbone density, bone grafting may be used to build up hard tissue.

The team at our Woodinville, WA dental care center would like to consider the need for sinus lift and who is a good candidate for this type of oral surgery.

Why Is a Sinus Lift Necessary?

The upper jawbone is located near the sinus and sinus membrane. If the patient suffers from bone loss from their missing teeth, the remaining jawbone may be too close to the sinus, leaving little hard tissue for the dental implant to be anchored into. Even without suffering bone loss, some patients may simply not have enough space between the bone and the sinus membrane.

A sinus lift allows oral surgeons to reposition the sinus membrane and use grafting materials to create density in the upper jawbone. Patients will be able to get dental implants without any issues.

General Candidacy for Sinus Lift

Good candidates for a sinus lift are people who experience the above issues that impact their upper jawbone. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make an oral surgery such as this a risk to general wellness.

Essential for Dental Implant Treatment

Sinus lift surgery is recommended for patients who are getting dental implants for the upper dental arch. Many times if people want to get an implant-supported appliance, their dentist will check to see if a sinus lift is necessary.

Patient Age and Sinus Lift

Most patients who qualify for dental implants are of advanced age or are well into adulthood. Sinus lift is not recommended for patients who are very young since their jawbone is still in the process of maturing. Elderly patients who are infirm may not be ideal candidates depending on their overall wellness.

Understanding the Risks and Benefits

As with any kind of oral surgery procedure, candidates for treatment must have a good understanding of the risks and benefits involved in treatment. This helps patients know potential complications ahead of time. This awareness of potential problems typically leads to better overall patient recovery since the patient takes pre-op and post-op instructions more seriously.

Knowing the Timeframes Involved

Healing from a sinus lift takes time. The grafting material must fuse with the living bone tissue, which can take several months. From that point, the dental implants procedure can continue. However, that process also takes several months. Patients need to understand that these kinds of procedure take time, although the wait is worthwhile.

Is a Sinus Lift Right for Me?

The best way to learn if a sinus lift is right for you is to visit our practice for a consultation. We will assess your situation and offer an honest opinion about your options. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions and address your concerns.

Learn More About Sinus Lift Surgery

For more information about getting dental implants and enhancing the health of your smile, be sure to contact the team at Signature Smiles. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.

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