Increase jaw bone mass with a sinus lift for dental implants in San Carlos
Over time, tooth loss can result in a shrunken jaw and sunken face, even if you have dentures or bridges to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants provide support for your face so you can retain a youthful look after you lose your teeth. However, if you’ve been missing teeth for a while, you may need a sinus lift before you can get a dental implant. Peninsula Dental Implants offers patients in San Carlos sinus lifts to support dental implants for a fuller face and happier smile.
Sinus lifts provide support for replacement teeth
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure performed to increase the amount of bone on your upper jaw to support a dental implant and prevent an enlarged sinus cavity in your nose. Sinus lifts are generally needed if the jaw bone has reduced in size after tooth loss or extraction. Without stimulation from your tooth root, the jaw bone will lose mass and change shape. If you need dental implants on your upper jaw, Dr. Gupta will examine your mouth and determine whether or not you need a sinus lift.
Once your implants are in place, you can go home with a temporary crown or immediate dentures for a discrete restoration. After your implants have fused to your jaw bone, Dr. Gupta can provide you with a porcelain crown that can offer a permanent solution for missing teeth, as well as proper care instructions.
How a sinus lift is performed
Dr. Gupta will begin by cutting the gum tissue at the extraction site and lift it to expose your jaw bone. Next, she will cut a circular hole in the bone and lift it into the sinus cavity. Then, she will place a bone graft to replace the bone that was lifted. While some patients can have the dental implant placed immediately following the sinus lift, others will need to take a few weeks to heal before Dr. Gupta can place the implant.
Dr. Gupta is a skilled surgeon with over a decade of experience working with patients to replace missing teeth. Contact our office today at (650) 232-7650 for a consultation, and learn more about how a sinus lift procedure can help.
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