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A sinus lift in Manchester, also known as a sinus augmentation or sinus graft, is a common procedure undertaken prior to receiving a new tooth implant. Even though it sounds like something a plastic surgeon would perform, it is in fact, a well-rehearsed and predictable dental procedure.
The main aim of sinus lift surgery is to increase the volume of bone present in the Maxilla (the upper jaw area). It is carried out several months before the insertion of dental implants into the space where upper premolar and molar teeth once existed.
When a patient undergoes a sinus lift here in Manchester, it’s to ensure the best possible outcome for a new tooth implant placed into this upper area. When there is a lack of teeth in this area, any existing bone can face a problematic and rapid reduction in volume over a short period of time. This can, in turn, make the sinuses (those located in the maxillary area) more susceptible to sagging.
When the sinus membrane does drop, there simply isn’t enough room to attach an implant into the space. Therefore the likelihood of a successful implant outcome is far from predictable. Why? Because tooth implants need the stability of a strong and sufficient bone structure in order to thrive.
To better understand how the sinus lift augmentation process works let’s take a look at the procedure itself.
To begin with, a precise incision or flap is made at the back of the upper jaw near the sinus cavity to reveal the jaw bone. Next, the sagging sinus membrane is gently placed up and back into the sinus cavity. The space left is then back-filled with a grafting material (either a mineralized bone source or a synthetic grafting compound).
The flap is then stitched back up and the grafting material is left to heal for 3-5 months before a dental implant procedure takes place. The whole process is usually over within 1 hour.
There are various reasons why a Manchester-based patient may need sinus lift surgery. These include:
Bone shrinkage/decay due to tooth loss - This is the most common reason and is highly probable in cases where teeth have been missing for some while – Usually a few months or more when bone deterioration is particularly rapid.
Enlarged sinuses - Sinuses can become enlarged for many reasons. This may be because of conditions like chronic sinusitis. When sinuses are larger, they are often in closer proximity to where the implant needs to be placed. This can pose a risk of the implant piercing the sinus cavity. To avoid this from occurring, a sinus lift may be necessary.
Age – In some cases, the age of a patient may cause enlarged sinus problems because as we age, the nose lining becomes thinner and can make nasal complications more prevalent.
After the procedure, it’s likely that you will have some swelling in the area and you may see traces of blood from both the nose and the mouth. It’s important not to blow your nose or sneeze forcefully as this could disturb the bone grafting material or loosen any stiches.
A saline spray will be provided to keep the inner lining of the nose moist and medication will also be given to keep any swelling to a minimum. The vast majority of Manchester patients experience only minor discomfort after such a procedure and patients are advised to take 1-2 days off from normal activity.
After 7-10 days, patients should return to our Church Road dental clinic so that we can evaluate the site and remove any stitches if they aren’t dissolvable. In addition, we may also ask you to return several more times over a period of months to ensure the new bone is grafting correctly before receiving implants.
Our highly skilled team have been successfully carrying out sinus lifts in Manchester for many years. However, like any surgery, patients should be aware that there are risks involved.
The main risk is that during sinus lift surgery the sinus membrane may be torn or punctured. Also, like in any type of surgical procedure, infection can also pose a risk. However, the latter is extremely rare when undertaking sinus lift augmentation.
On extreme occasions, the new bone material won’t integrate with the existing bone and in these cases, the sinus lift procedure will need to be repeated.
Dr Karim and the team will make sure that great care is taken to avoid any risks and will ensure that prior to treatment, patients are well informed of both the procedure and the risks involved. This allows each patient to make a fully informed decision before they commit.
If you’ve been told that you might need a sinus lift here in Manchester or would simply like to know more about how dental implants can help you, don’t hesitate to contact Dr Shi Karim and the team at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. As a highly experienced Manchester dentist, we have the ability to restore your smile using proven techniques. Visit our website or contact us on 0161 486 0743 to book a consultation.
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