Just What is a Sinus Lift? – Part 1
In some cases when you’re considering dental implants, you may be told that you don’t have sufficient bone in which to place the implant. This doesn’t mean that you are not eligible for dental implants. Here at Sheen Dental, we can in many cases perform what is known as ‘sinus lift surgery’ to add bone to the area of the molars and premolars in the upper jaw. Also known as sinus augmentation, the process involves adding bone in the space between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which can be found on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, it involves moving or lifting up the sinus membrane. This procedure needs to be done by a specialist in dental implants. In Richmond Sheen Dental is highly regarded as being one of the best there is, and our team led by Dr Harmit Kalsi are highly experienced in this type of surgery.
When a sinus lift is used
Sinus lift surgery is carried out to give extra height to the bone in the upper jaw or in cases where the sinuses are so close to the jaw, that there is no room to place an implant. These instances can be due to a number of reasons, such as a patient having lost teeth which has also led to a loss of bone. Or the bone has lessened because of gum disease, or the sinuses may have enlarged as the patient aged.
Where the bone comes from
In many cases the bone may come from the patient’s own body, from a cadaver, or from cow bone. If the bone is taken from a patient then it usually comes from other areas of the mouth and sometimes bone from the hips or tibia. X-rays will be taken before the surgery to determine the shape of your jaw and the exact position of your sinuses. You may also need a CT scan in order to get an accurate measurement of the width and height of your existing bone and to ascertain how healthy your sinuses are. Here at Sheen Dental, you can be assured that we have the very latest state of the art dental technology to ensure that our patients receive the very best dental implant in Richmond treatment and surgeries.
Part Two will explain how the procedure is carried out, aftercare, and any associated risks.
To find out more about how Sheen Dental can help restore your smile, call to arrange a consultation on 020 8876 5277 or to find out more about dental implants, Richmond, visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk