Sinus Lift Procedure For Dental Implants
Sinus augmentation (sinus lift) is performed when the floor of the sinus is too close to an area where dental implants are to be placed. This procedure is performed to ensure a secure place for the implants while protecting the sinus. Lowering of the sinus can be caused by: Long-term tooth loss without the required treatment, periodontal disease, trauma, or as a natural process in some people.
Sinus Lift Side Effects and Risk
- Sinus perforation or sustaining a puncture on the sinus membrane. A rip in the membrane could be an entry point for bacteria and other infection causing microorganisms to get to the sinus cavity resulting to illnesses. In such cases, the surgeon will prescribe antibiotics and will put a patch over the tear. Another option is to stitch the ruptured membrane but the operation will be postponed until the tear has totally healed.
- One of the big sinus lift risks is the displacement of bone graft material from the implantation area if the patient happens to sneeze. To prevent this, make sure to get away from allergens and pollutants that may cause sudden sneezing or the need for the patient to blow the nose.
- It would also be advisable to schedule the procedure during seasons that there is a low level of allergens in the air.
- Another risk of sinus lift as with any invasive and surgical procedure is the acquiring of infections. This could be prevented by following the universal precautionary measures. Dr. Mueller always takes these precautions.
- Sinus lift complications can occur if the natural bone refuses to integrate with the bony graft material introduced or if the grafted area does not develop an ample supply of blood to the sinuses.
Who should perform my sinus lift procedure?
For the reasons listed above, it is very important that an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS) performs your sinus lift procedure. An OMS has had at least 4 years of hospital-based residency training and is completely competent in treating the sinuses. There are many dentist and other dental specialists who often only take a weekend course to learn sinus lifts, do not have the medical training to diagnose and treat sinus-related disease, and cannot treat the complications of sinus lifting should they arise. Experience and training mean a great deal!