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Before surgery is recommended, you’ll need a thorough dental examination, with x-rays and a CT scan. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, Dr. Glenn will discuss bone graft sources with you. Options include autogenous bone (from your body), allogeneic bone (from a human cadaver), or xenograft (from a cow). Patients who suffer from allergies should schedule the procedure during a season when their allergies are not active.
The day of your sinus lift surgery, you’ll be escorted to a surgical suite in the oral surgeon’s office. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so you’ll be able to go home the same day. Anesthetic and possibly sedation will be administered for your comfort. A few different techniques may be employed to lift the sinus floor. An incision will be made in the upper jaw to access the sinus cavity. After gently lifting the sinus membrane, the surgeon will place your prepared bone graft below it, to stimulate bone growth in the area. Then the incision site will be closed with sutures.
In some cases, a sinus lift can be performed just before implants are placed, but oftentimes, a bone graft needs to be given time to mature prior to implant placement. Expect complete healing to take four to 12 months. If you are seeking implants, your dentist or oral surgeon should be able to inform you whether you’re a candidate after healing is complete.
Following your procedure, expect swelling and some bleeding from the nose and mouth. A saline spray will keep your nose moist, and you’ll also be provided with medication for pain, congestion, and inflammation; as well as antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Apply ice to the outside of your face as needed to reduce swelling. Brush your teeth, but don’t vigorously rinse your mouth for a few days. A special medicated rinse will be provided, as well. Plan to eat a soft diet and do not use a straw or smoke while healing. Most patients do not have significant discomfort and can return to work within two days. You should not blow your nose or sneeze for four weeks, to reduce the risk of complications. At seven to 10 days, you’ll visit the oral surgeon for a follow-up examination.
To learn more about sinus lifts and bone grafting procedures, contact our oral and maxillofacial surgery office to schedule your consultation.
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