Upper teeth (mainly in the premolar and molar area) can sometimes be a bit tricky to replace. When teeth are lost and not replaced for a relatively long period of time, the jawbone in the surrounding area tends to reduce in height and width. This area is in close proximity to the Maxillary sinus cavities. In case the bone that divides the sinus cavities and the oral cavity becomes too thin over time, dental implants can only be placed after a special surgical procedure called sinus lift or sinus floor elevation.
A sinus lift is a routine surgical procedure that requires precision and a sterile environment. Your dental surgeon opens up the sinus cavity, elevates the membrane lining and places some bone graft material under it. After a couple of months, this will produce sufficient bone quantity for fitting implants. In selected cases the sinus lift augmentation and implant placement performed simultaneously.
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetics therefore you shall not expect pain during the surgery. However, some discomfort or swelling may occur in the post-operative stage (7-10 days after the operation) that is well manageable by taking regular painkillers. For some patients, taking a course of antibiotics may be necessary to support smooth recovery.
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