A sinus lift thickens the bone in the upper jaw at either side of the nose to raise the sinus floor. Similar to bone augmentation, the procedure encourages new bone cells to develop, enabling the jaw to support a dental implant.
A sinus lift is a prerequisite for patients seeking a dental implant to replace a premolar tooth who don’t have enough space beneath the maxillary sinus.
After administering anaesthetic, we create a flap in the gum tissue and cut a “window” in the bone to access the sinus cavity.
Then we gently lift the sinus up and insert a bone graft into the space beneath before stitching the gums closed.
It is normal to feel discomfort following a sinus lift. Your dentist will likely prescribe you with painkillers to help manage any tenderness.
It is also common to experience some swelling and bleeding from the mouth or nose after the procedure. Avoid sneezing or blowing your nose, as this may cause the graft to move.
It usually takes several months for your gums to heal sufficiently following bone grafting.
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