Increase jawbone mass with a sinus lift for dental implants
When you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, long-term dental issues can develop. Over time, even if you have replaced your missing tooth or teeth with appliances such as dentures or a dental bridge, your face can take on a shrunken or sunken appearance. This is because the support that was once in place (the roots of your natural teeth) has been lost.
Dental implants are your best bet for preventing these problems from developing. With implants, one-day teeth replacement is possible as a temporary restoration can be placed, such as a temporary crown or immediate dentures, after your implants have been inserted. So, you won’t have to go for long without teeth until a permanent restoration is placed. Implants also provide the support necessary for retaining a youthful appearance after losing teeth. However, if you have allowed time to pass since you lost your teeth, a sinus lift may be necessary before you can receive your implant. The Peninsula Dental Implant Center has been performing successful sinus lifts for patients in the San Mateo, California, area so that they have the support necessary for a dental implant and the path to a full face and happy smile.
Sinus lifts provide the necessary support needed for replacement teeth
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that is performed with the intent of increasing the amount of bone matter in your upper jaw. This is necessary so that your jaw can support a dental implant — a sinus lift can also reduce an enlarged sinus cavity. This procedure is typically required when the jawbone has reduced following a lost tooth or dental extraction. When the jawbone loses the stimulation provided by a lost tooth root, it can lose bone mass and change shape. If you require a dental implant on your upper jaw, Dr. Shivani Gupta will perform an examination of your mouth to determine if you need a sinus lift before the implant procedure.
Once your dental implants have been surgically inserted, a temporary crown or immediate dentures will be placed for a discrete restoration. After these implants have fully fused with your jawbone, you will be provided with a porcelain crown which offers a more permanent solution for your missing tooth. This will be followed with instructions for proper care.
The sinus lift procedure
When you come in for your sinus lift, Dr. Gupta will begin the procedure by making an incision in the gum tissue at the extraction site so that your jawbone becomes exposed. Next, she will make a circular incision in the bone and lift it into the sinus cavity. A bone graft will then be placed to replace the bone which was lifted. Some patients will be ready to receive their implant immediately, while others may need to take a few weeks to heal from the sinus lift before Dr. Gupta can place the implant. You will need to discuss how long you need to wait before receiving a dental implant.
Dr. Shivani Gupta is a skilled surgeon and has been treating patients in the San Mateo, California, area for over a decade. If you are looking to have missing teeth replaced or to learn more about how a sinus lift procedure can help you, contact our office today at (650) 232-7650 to schedule a consultation.
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