Have you suffered from bone loss? A sinus lift could be the solution! This procedure involves lifting the sinus membrane to make room for a future implant. Once the sinus is lifted, a bone graft is placed to help regenerate the missing bone in the upper jaw.
This is done so you have sufficient support for dental implants. Insufficient bone density can result in implant failure because there isn’t enough bone to anchor the implants. This can affect osseointegration when the implant needs to fuse with the jawbone. Contact us at RI Oral Surgery & Implant Center today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ray English.
“Dr. English is very kind and skilled. He performed an implant procedure in my lower jaw. Everything went smoothly and I never felt any pain. I’ve been to his office four times and was never left waiting - always seen as scheduled.”
“I highly recommend Dr. Ray English III. He and his staff made a somewhat complicated procedure as pain free and relaxed as possible. He gave options, described the procedures in detail before performing them, and prepared me for possible complications. I attribute my relatively easy recovery to his expertise and professionalism.”
“Dr. English and his team were highly professional, competent, and very efficient. The facility is clean, modern, and medical equipment is state-of-the-art. The procedure and subsequent follow up visits were pleasant experiences.”
First, you’ll come in for a consultation with Dr. English to determine if a sinus lift is necessary. We will take X-rays to look at the density and condition of your jawbone as well as the position of your sinuses. This will help us determine if you’re a good candidate for a sinus lift.
We will administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth before we make an incision into your gums. Sedation can be administered for additional comfort.
A surgical incision is made into the gums. Then, the gum tissue is raised to reveal the underlying jawbone. A small circle is then cut into the bone and pushed up into the sinus cavity. This raises the sinus membrane and the hole is filled with grafting material. Finally, the incision is sutured shut and the healing process can begin.
This procedure is necessary when a patient wants to replace missing teeth with dental implants but there is insufficient bone to support the implants. There are many reasons a patient could have deficient bones in the upper jaw, such as:
- Tooth loss
- Naturally large sinuses
- Old age
Bone resorption is a natural consequence of tooth loss. Implants are a solution to prevent bone loss.