Dental implants can be life-altering. Not only will they restore one or more missing teeth, dental implants can revive your smile and your self-esteem. But before we can proceed with an implant at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we need to be sure you’re a viable candidate. Some patients need preliminary work, such as a sinus lift.
A sinus lift is a way of improving bone mass in the upper jaw. An unfortunate side effect of tooth loss is bone recession. The lack of bone stimulation, because of a missing tooth root, causes the jaw bone to actually shrink and recede. It’s essential there is enough healthy bone to support the dental implant, which is a titanium post inserted into the jaw.
In a sinus lift prodedure, bone is grafted into the upper jaw. The maxillary sinus membrane is lifted up to make space for the new bone. This is the sinus membrane that is closest to the teeth.
The bone used may come from part of your own body or another human. Cow bone can also be used. More common nowadays is using a synthetic material.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure, and it’s common for there to be swelling and bleeding afterward. Most patients experience only minor discomfort, though, which passes after a few days. It’s usually four to nine months before they can receive the implant.
Once they do, though, the results are startling. Because dental implants from OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City fuse with the bone, the replacement teeth they support look and function like natural teeth. You’ll be amazed! We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call us to schedule an appointment today!
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