At Dr. Sunil Dental Clinic, our specialist prefers to do Cerabone natural bovine bone grafting material done to its reliability and treatment success predictability. The material of choice for many dentists, Cerabone is a highly reliable, safe bone graft. It is derived from the mineral phase of bovine bone, which shows a maximum resemblance to human bone.
You will need X-rays taken before your sinus lift so the dentist can study the anatomy of your jaw and sinus. You also may need a particular type of computed tomography (CT) scan. This scan will allow the dentist to accurately measure the height and width of your existing bone and evaluate your sinus health. If you have seasonal allergies, you should schedule the procedure when they are inactive.
How It's Done
At Dr. Sunil Dental Clinic, our surgeon will cut the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be. The tissue is raised, exposing the bone. A small, oval window is opened in the bone. The membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the window separates your sinus from your jaw. This membrane is gently pushed up and away from your jaw.
Granules of bone-graft material are then packed into the space where the sinus was. The amount of bone used will vary, but several millimeters are usually added above the jaw.
Once the bone is in place, the tissue is closed with stitches. Your implants will be placed 2 to 6 months later. This allows time for the grafted material to match with your bone. The amount of time depends on the amount of bone placed.
Grafting procedures place a framework of material in the areas of missing bone into which these cells can enter and start the rebuilding process. Over time your cells will remodel the graft material into your functioning bone.
Cross-section of a jaw that has lost volume following tooth loss. There is not enough bone to safely place a dental implant.
The patient's cells migrate into the Allograft material and remodel into new bone. Over time host bone will remodel to replace the allograft.
The restored jaw now has adequate room for placing a Dental Implant to replace the missing tooth.
The sinus augmentation bone takes about three to six months to become part of the patient's natural sinus floor bone. Up to six months of healing is sometimes left before implants are attempted. However, sometimes surgeons perform both the augmentation and dental implant simultaneously to avoid the necessity of two surgeries.
After the procedure, you may have some swelling in the area. You may bleed from your mouth or nose. Do not blow your nose or sneeze forcefully. Either could cause the bone-graft material to move and loosen the stitches.
We recommend saline sprays to keep the inner lining of your nose wet and prescribe medicine to prevent congestion and inflammation. You also will be given pain medicine, an antibiotic, and an antimicrobial mouthwash to help prevent infection. Most patients have only a little discomfort after a sinus lift procedure.
The stitches used in the surgery dissolve on their own and heals properly.
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