You may not be a a good candidate for dental implants since there needs to be a healthy amount of bone along with enough space for an implant to be placed without touching the nasal passages. However, a surgical sinus lift may be performed to help you become a candidate for an implant. At Alpine Dental Arts, we will get you ready to receive an implant with sinus lift surgery. Not enough jawbone height, poor bone quality, or sinuses that might be too near to put an implant are all reasons why you might require a sinus lift, also referred to as sinus augmentation surgery. The sinus floor is raised to ensure an implant will be easy to place. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Becerra at his practice in Lakewood, CO to find out more about dental implants and sinus lift surgery.
Nominees for a sinus augmentation may have insufficient area in the top jaw to get a surgical dental implant if the sinuses are excessively big or too near to the jawbone. In your appointment with Dr. Becerra, a digital x-ray will be taken to measure your sinuses and jaw to ascertain whether moving the sinuses and/or a bone graft will be an appropriate plan of action to prepare you for an implant.
What To Expect
Sinus lift augmentation is an advanced surgical process that is completed at our office by Dr. Becerra. If necessary, a bone graft will be prepped. A surgical incision will be placed in the soft tissue in the back of the mouth. The gums will be raised to show the jawbone. The bone graft, if needed, will be placed before the sinuses are pushed up higher and further from the jaw. Lastly, the incision inside the gums will be stitched closed.
Following your sinus surgery, you may be written a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics that will assist you through your recovery. Dr. Becerra will also talk to you about the best way to take care of your incisions by giving you aftercare instructions prior to the start of the process. You need to schedule another appointment about 7 – 10 days following your sinus surgery to have the stitches removed. The bone graft may require a few months to heal until an implant procedure can be scheduled.
For patients with dental insurance, we'll speak to your insurance provider to determine your policy and calculate your personal expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then Dr. Becerra or a member of our team can speak with you regarding payment options and provide you with more information on low-interest medical financing.
Sinus Lift Surgery
If you are eligible for a sinus lift, preparing the jawbone is vital to the achievement of an implant. Dental implants require a good support in the jawbone until they may be set up, and having a sinus lift procedure will continue to keep the implant from interfering with your nasal cavity. We invite you to call our practice in Lakewood, CO to schedule an appointment with Dr. Becerra.