If you’re considering dental implants in Glasgow then you may have been told that you require a sinus lift. This is usually required if there isn’t enough bone in the pre-molar and molar region of the upper jaw, and in most cases bone will be grafted on to areas either side of your nose near the maxillary sinuses and your jaw. Bone loss occurs with the loss of teeth and due to a lack of width and height it can be impossible to place implants in this area because the maxillary sinuses are sitting too low down in the jawbone. The only solution is to raise the sinus membrane so that additional bone can be placed between the jawbone and the sinus. The bone is often taken from the patient themselves, a bone bank, or sometimes bone substitute material is used.
Although it may sound a little scary, a sinus lift or ‘sinus augmentation’ as it’s often referred to, is a common procedure that surgeons are extremely familiar with. Typically it consists of the following steps:
- A patient will be given conscious sedation
- The sinus lift area will be numbed with a local anaesthetic
- If an onlay graft is taking place, the patient will be given a local anaesthetic to the donor site where the bone is to be taken from
- A small flap of gum will be raised in the sinus lift area/donor site (if required)
- A small “window” is carefully cut out of the bone in the sinus area
- The membrane lining the other side of the sinus and separating it from your jaw, is then gently pushed up and away from the jaw to create a space
- The bone material is then placed in the space where the sinus was
- The gum flap is then closed and sutures placed to hold it together
Side effects and possible risks
It’s normal to experience some swelling to the area and you may bleed from your nose and mouth. It’s best to avoid blowing your nose or sneezing so that you don’t cause the grafting material to move. Your Glasgow dentist will prescribe antibiotics and painkillers to help combat any pain and avoid the risk of infection. You’ll now face a period of healing time before your dental implants can be placed. This varies from one patient to another but generally takes between 3 and 9 months. The main risk facing the surgeon is that of tearing the membrane as it is a very thin material. Should this happen it can usually be repaired by stitching an artificial membrane over it and in most cases, surgery can proceed as planned.
If you’re considering dental implants in Glasgow then why not contact Botanics Dental Care. Under the leadership of Dr. Colin Gardner we have a highly experienced team and offer a free consultation where you can meet the team, take a tour of the premises, and have all your questions and concerns answered. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 and take the first step to transforming your smile. Or, visit our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk where you’ll find a wealth of information on all the treatments that we provide.