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Sinus Lift Surgery in Laguna Hills, CA

Enhance Your Candidacy for Dental Implant Surgery with a Sinus Lift

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Supplemental procedures play a vital role in ensuring that your dental implant journey is smooth, successful, and built on a strong foundation. At Löberg Dental Center, we understand the significance of these preparatory steps, which is why we offer customized supplemental treatments to boost your candidacy for dental implants. Among these procedures, sinus lifts are a crucial aspect for patients with insufficient bone in the upper jaw. 

Led by Dr. Leif Löberg, renowned for his expertise in implant dentistry, our practice in Laguna Hills, CA, is dedicated to providing comprehensive care tailored to your unique needs. Call (949) 586-1930 to learn more. 

 

What is a Sinus Augmentation?

Sinus augmentation, also known as a sinus lift, is a surgical procedure performed in the upper jaw to increase the amount of available bone for dental implant placement.

A sinus lift procedure addresses this issue by carefully lifting the sinus membrane upwards and placing bone grafting material beneath it. This grafted material stimulates new bone growth, creating a solid foundation for dental implants.

 

Benefits of Sinus Augmentation

Sinus augmentation offers several advantages for patients seeking dental implant treatment:

  • Enables dental implant placement: By increasing the bone volume in the upper jaw, sinus lifts make it possible to place dental implants in areas where bone deficiency would otherwise prevent their successful integration.
  • Improved aesthetics: Dental implants restore the natural appearance of teeth and prevent facial collapse due to bone loss, leading to a more youthful and confident smile.
  • Enhanced chewing function: Dental implants function similarly to natural teeth, allowing for comfortable and efficient chewing, and improving overall oral health and quality of life.
  • Long-term solution: Dental implants are known for their durability and longevity, providing a stable and reliable solution for replacing missing teeth.

 

Candidacy for Sinus Augmentation

Not everyone requires a sinus lift for dental implant placement. A good candidate for this procedure typically exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Missing teeth in the upper back jaw: This is the area most commonly affected by bone loss and sinus pneumatization.
  • Insufficient bone volume: Dental X-rays and 3D scans will reveal if the existing bone mass is inadequate for stable implant placement.
  • Good overall health: Patients with underlying medical conditions should discuss their suitability for surgery with Dr. Löberg.
  • Non-smoker: Smoking can impede healing and increase the risk of complications after surgery.

During a comprehensive consultation at Löberg Dental Center, Dr. Löberg will thoroughly evaluate your situation, including your medical history, dental status, and jawbone anatomy. This assessment will determine if a sinus lift is necessary for your successful dental implant treatment.

 

The Sinus Lift Surgery Procedure

Anesthesia

dentist showing patient model of dental implantSinus lift surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, sometimes supplemented with sedation to ensure comfort throughout the procedure. The administration of anesthesia ensures that patients experience minimal discomfort during the surgery.

Incision

Following the administration of anesthesia, the dentist makes a precise incision in the gum tissue at the back of the upper jaw, near the premolar and molar teeth. This incision exposes the underlying bone, providing access to the surgical site.

Bone Grafting

With the bone exposed, the dentist creates a small window in the thin membrane lining the sinus cavity. This membrane is gently lifted, creating space between the sinus floor and the existing bone. A bone graft material, often composed of synthetic bone or a combination of synthetic and natural bone, is then carefully placed into this space. The bone graft material serves as a scaffold for new bone growth, promoting the regeneration of bone in the area.

Closure

Once the bone graft is successfully placed, the gum tissue is meticulously sutured back into place over the surgical site. The careful closure of the incision site is crucial for optimal healing and successful outcomes following the procedure.

 

Aftercare for Sinus Lift Procedures

man brushing his teethFollowing a maxillary sinus cavity lift procedure, proper aftercare is crucial for optimal healing and successful long-term results. Dr. Löberg will provide specific instructions tailored to your individual needs. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Pain management: Medication will be prescribed to manage any post-operative discomfort.
  • Rest and avoid strenuous activity: Allow your body sufficient time to heal and prevent complications.
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene: Gently brush and floss your teeth as instructed by Dr. Löberg, taking care to avoid the surgical site.
  • Apply ice packs: Use ice packs on your cheek to reduce swelling.
  • Diet: Stick to soft foods and avoid using straws for the first few days.
  • Follow-up appointments: Regular follow-up visits with Dr. Löberg are essential to monitor healing and ensure proper recovery.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is a sinus lift?

While a sinus lift involves surgery, most patients experience discomfort rather than severe pain.  Your dentist or oral surgeon will use local anesthesia or sedation dentistry to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. Following the surgery, you can expect some swelling, soreness, and minor bleeding, which can be managed with medication and ice packs.

How much should a sinus lift cost?

The cost of a sinus lift can vary depending on several factors, including:

  • Surgeon's fees: Experience and qualifications of the dental professional.
  • Facility fees: Costs associated with using the surgical suite and equipment.
  • Anesthesia fees: Type of anesthesia used during the procedure.
  • Bone grafting materials: Type and amount of material needed for the procedure.

Due to these variations, scheduling a consultation is crucial to receive an accurate cost estimate for your situation. 

How long does a sinus lift take to heal?

Healing after a sinus lift typically takes several months. The grafted material needs sufficient time to integrate with the existing bone and become strong enough to support dental implants.  Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide specific post-operative instructions to ensure optimal healing.

Will my face change after a sinus lift?

A well-performed sinus lift should not cause any noticeable changes to your facial appearance. Your dentist will go over the effects of this procedure at your initial consultation in depth. 

 

Turn Back the Clock on Bone Loss with Seamless Sinus Lifts

Ready to enhance your candidacy for dental implants with personalized supplemental treatments? Schedule a consultation at Löberg Dental Center today and discover why Dr. Leif Löberg is one of the best dentists in Laguna Hills, CA, for your implant dentistry needs. 

Take the next step towards achieving a confident smile and optimal oral health. Call (949) 586-1930 to learn more. We welcome patients from Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, and surrounding areas. 

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