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A sinus lift is to graft extra bone into the maxillary sinus to support a dental implant.
The sinus lift is to graft extra bone into the maxillary sinus, so more bone is available to support a dental implant.
This surgical procedure will increase the amount of bone by lifting the sinus membrane, and placing a bone graft.
Questions About Sinus Lift
Sinus lifts can be a particularly unpleasant experience for some patients. The procedure takes an hour or more and involves significant trauma. Patients should plan 3-10 recovery time to rest and recovery time and may experience: pain, discomfort, severe facial swelling, and bruising.
Patients may experience swelling along the gum line, tenderness, and slight bleeding from the gums or nose, but discomfort should be minimal.
Sinus lift is considered a safe and reliable procedure. Potential risks: acute sinusitis, pansinusitis, and infection; when managed immediately will reduce risks of further complications.
Sinus lifts can prevent structural changes to the face that can occur over time. When you lose some of the bone in your jaw, your face structure changes and may alter your smile and look. A sinus lift will fix that.
Possibly, it's a case by case situation. It may take several months for the bone to grow enough to support a dental implant. In some cases, you may need only minor bone grafting, which may be done at the same time as the implant surgery. Each case will be examined by Dr. Dennis to determine what may be accomplished.
Pain or discomfort following surgery should begin to subside after the first three or four days. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office. If a patient has significant pain 3 to 7 days post operative, this may indicate a dry socket.
The most likely candidates for sinus lift surgery are patients who have an inadequate amount of bone in the upper jaw. That means it will probably not be able to support dental implants without augmentation. Usually after a tooth has been removed, there is a rapid reduction in bone density in that specific area.
In the US, the cost for a sinus lift is usually between $1,500 for a small and simple lift, to $5,000 for more complicated cases when more bone graft material is required. But here in Mexico we charge less than half of the lesser amount.
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