Many people may have never considered getting a sinus lift, or perhaps have never even heard of it in the first place. This is at least partially because it is a procedure that is specifically designed for people who have been wearing dentures for a prolonged period of time. If this does apply to you, and furthermore, you are perhaps worried about the continued stability of any dental implants in Melbourne you have already received (or plan on receiving) then a sinus lift could be the treatment for you.
Be sure to consult with your dentist before you get this treatment, to make sure that this is a treatment that will be especially beneficial for you and also to give you a chance to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, and gain additional clarification.
Why would you want a sinus lift?
After wearing dentures for several years, there are usually two major reasons that someone will decide to go for a sinus lift.
The first is that wearing dentures for such a long period of time can potentially force the bone in your upper jaw to recede. If this happens, it can make it more difficult for you to receive dental implant treatment, such as crowns, bridges, all-on-four etc in the event of your teeth getting damaged in the future.
The second major reason is more of a cosmetic one. If your jaw has receded as a result of wearing dentures, then it can often lead to the face having a more sunken appearance, which some may prefer to avoid the look of, through the use of a sinus lift. By using the natural contours of your face, a sinus lift is able to reduce this sunken appearance, and also set up your face to be more reliable for the dental implants you might want or need.
What does the procedure involve?
Before the sinus lift procedure itself can start, your dentist will need to assess your sinuses, to be sure that they are suitable and that the procedure is appropriate. This can happen in a few different ways, and can often involve either (or perhaps both) CT scans or panoramic radio scans of the area.
The sinus lift procedure is a procedure which requires new bone material to lift up the sinus area. Because of this, there are a few different options available for where this bone material can come from. Often this bone material can come from a different part of your own body, although this will depend on certain factors such the overall strength of your body and the availability of strong bone in other parts of your skeletal system.
If taking bone from other parts of your body is not appropriate for you, then there are other options available, for example bone from another, different person, and/or bone that has been taken from an animal. There may also be some synthetic bone options available, and you can discuss all of these choices with your dentist before receiving sinus lift treatment, to find out which option is best for you. The whole procedure is done with general anaesthetic, and after a period of healing, it should leave your mouth ready for any future dental implants.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.