Sinus Lift is a type of dental transplant that specifically increases the bone volume in the upper jaw region. The process is known as sinus lift as the area that is operated on is between the maxillary sinuses and the jaw itself. A sinus lift is done months before a dental implant procedure to create a stable bone density that is strong enough to anchor a dental implant.
Tooth loss eventually leads to bone loss. This phenomenon is especially evident in older people who may lose teeth due to illness or age. As the bone mass shrinks, the jaws become unsuited for a dental implant which is a thick titanium screw that requires healthy bone to fuse into it. Unlike with the lower jaw, the upper jaw has a narrower bone section that requires bone grafting to make is more viable for an implant. A sinus lift lengthens the width or broadens the upper jaw to provide enough bone matter to cover the entire length of the implant.
The success of implant surgery depends heavily on ability of the bone to fuse correctly with the implant itself. This means your jaws must be able to accommodate a foreign object without breaking under the pressure, remaining intact for life. The region around the sinus is amongst the most difficult areas to place an implant at. The area is not only thin, but is also significantly short, sometimes much shorter than the length of a tiny implant. For this reason, the sinus bone must be lengthened and broadened to improve the success rate for an implant on the upper jaw.
The procedure may sound scary and complex, but in actual sense is not. Bone regenerates, so in simple terms, a small section of the bone is removed and lifted allowing new bone to grow and fill the space. Usually bone from either your own body or from a donor body is placed in the gap to speed up the process. All patients are given an anaesthetic or something to relax them, to ensure their comfort during the surgery.
In many cases, a sinus lift can elevate your chances for a successful dental implant in the upper jaw. Successful Dental implant surgery depends heavily on the quality and quantity of bone, and a sinus lift can significantly improve your chances of replacing teeth permanently.
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