What Is a Sinus Lift?
Sinus lifts are a type of surgical procedure we offer at ACE Dental of Harker Heights to help increase a patient's candidacy for dental implants. When teeth in the back area of the upper jaw are removed, the nearby sinus cavity may expand into the space where the tooth roots used to sit. This expansion can deplete the bone tissue, leaving too little support to replace these missing teeth with implants. Since implants need a certain level of bone to function, our skilled dentists offer sinus augmentation procedures to help Harker Heights, TX patients become better candidates for this tooth replacement option. A sinus lift elevates the maxillary sinus floor and fills the area with bone grafting tissue. For more on how a sinus lift might help prepare your jaw for tooth replacement with a dental implant, book a consultation with our expert team.
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Am I a Candidate for a Sinus Lift?
If you have lost a molar or premolar tooth in your top jaw, you may be an ideal candidate for sinus lift surgery. We may recommend a sinus lift if there is an inadequate bone volume or quality in the upper jaw, the sinus floor sits too low in your jawbone, or the sinus cavity is too large or has expanded. When you visit ACE Dental of Harker Heights for your consultation, our team will use advanced cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to gain an in-depth view of your sinus and jaw structure to determine if sinus augmentation can help create the proper foundation and support needed for a dental implant.
The Treatment Process
Our highly trained dentists perform sinus lift procedures under local anesthetic within one of our well-equipped treatment rooms. If you feel anxious when visiting the dentist, feel free to talk with our team about the use of nitrous oxide sedation. After the area has been numbed, we will make an incision in the gums toward the back of your mouth to access your upper jawbone. Using special instruments, we will access the sinus cavity and gently elevate the sinus floor. A special bone grafting material will be placed to fill in the area and serve as a framework to hold the sinus floor's new position. The gums will then be sutured closed, and your jaw will be allowed to fully heal.
Recovery Following Sinus Augmentation
To help enhance your comfort as your mouth recovers, our dentists may write you a prescription for pain relievers and will provide aftercare instructions. You may be asked to schedule a follow-up visit about 1 – 2 weeks after your procedure to have your sutures removed. It will take several months for the bone graft to heal and until your jaw will be ready for a dental implant. Throughout this timeframe, we encourage you to follow good daily oral hygiene and attend routine preventive care visits at ACE Dental of Harker Heights.
Insurance Coverage for Sinus Lifts
A sinus lift procedure may be covered in part by some dental insurance plans. We will be happy to review any benefits you may have ahead of time, which may help lower your overall treatment cost. ACE Dental of Harker Heights offers comprehensive dental care at competitive rates and accepts several affordable payment methods. Our business team will also be happy to assist you in applying for special medical financing or help you explore other budget-friendly solutions.
Improve Implant Candidacy With a Sinus Lift
While dental implants may be a great choice for replacing teeth in the upper arch, these tooth replacements require a solid foundation to be successful. The dentists at ACE Dental of Harker Heights are excited to help increase the chances of implant success for our patients with sinus lift surgery. Schedule your personalized visit with our Harker Heights, TX team today to learn if sinus augmentation can help you enjoy the benefits of implant dentistry.