What to Expect When Getting a Sinus Lift
Whether you wish to consult on a treatment plan including one or more Dental Implants, or if you have contacted us for a second opinion regarding a site you were previously told was unsuitable for an Implant, your dentist will first of all carry out a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and bone to determine whether or not a bone graft will be necessary to restore bone quality and quantity in the area of the space.
Your dentist will use the clinic’s high-tech 3D CT scanner to assess the density and positioning of your upper jawbone in relation to your sinuses, and the extent of bone that would need to be replaced to ensure a successful implant procedure. If a Sinus Lift is revealed to be necessary in advance of further restorative treatment, your dentist will discuss all of your treatment options in depth with you during this consultation, including answering any question you have about Bone Grafting in general, and address any other queries or concerns.
At this stage your dentist will be able to provide you with a full treatment plan including the estimated time until completion of not only your Sinus Lift, but also the implant surgery and final restoration, and a detailed and transparent breakdown of all costs involved.
Sinus lift procedure
Your dentist will use a highly effective local anaesthetic to fully numb your mouth before beginning the procedure, so that your treatment will be completely pain-free and comfortable throughout.
The Sinus Lifting procedure itself is generally a very straightforward and minimally invasive treatment – with an average success rate of over 95%. The process involves your dentist carefully making a small incision in the area where your molar or premolar teeth may have previously sat. From here, a small opening is then made into the sinus cavity and the restorative bone graft material will be placed. This will mature and fuse to your natural bone over a period of approximately 6 months, until it has become strong, dense bone which can successfully support your dental implant.
Finally, your dentist will close up the incision with dental sutures, to aid in the rapid healing of the surgical site. Your dentist will always be able to advise you of the timeframe for proceeding with your implant surgery following the healing of your bone, to ensure optimal results, and will schedule you for a follow-up appointment as the next stage of your full treatment plan, before you leave the clinic following your procedure.
Sinus lift recovery
In most cases a Sinus Lift conducted by an oral surgery specialist is a simple and uncomplicated procedure. The immediate effects of numbness from the local anaesthetic used during your appointment will wear off between 4 to 6 hours following your visit, and care must be taken during this time to avoid accidentally biting or burning your lips, cheek or tongue.
Most patients will experience some mild to moderate discomfort, swelling or bruising in the days after the procedure itself, however this is a perfectly natural part of the healing process. Your dentist will prescribe you with appropriate medication to promote your recovery, in addition to providing you with thorough guidance on beneficial aftercare of your mouth and teeth to ensure the healing period is entirely manageable – most patients can expect to be fully recovered after 1 week.