Content overseen by dr. Cristina Novac who has an experience of over 8 years in stomatology and is a certified doctor in general dentistry.
The cases when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or when the sinuses are way too close to add dental implants require sinus lift procedures, also known as sinus augmentation. This important surgical procedure is performed by a periodontist or an oral maxillofacial surgeon, specialists in such domain who can be found in our modern dental clinics in Dubai. For any other dental problems, patients can direct their attention to our dentists in Dubai who can propose varied dental treatments after a complete investigation on the denture.
Sinus lift procedure – what you need to know
Patients who lost the upper teeth for different reasons, among which we remind the periodontal gum disease, can be suitable patients for sinus augmentation. The procedure consists of several actions such as:
- A bone (from your body or a synthetic one) is used in a sinus lift and implanted in the place where a tooth used to be.
- The dentist will then raise the tissue and will push up the membrane, lining the sinus away from the jaw in a gentle manner.
- The place where the sinus used to be will be sealed with bone-graft particles.
- The gum tissue is then closed with stitches once the bone is placed, and then, in about nine months, the dental implant will be added.
It is highly recommended to respect the requirements imposed by your Dubai dentist because the condition of your denture after a sinus lift procedure will weigh much in the decision of whether it is time to place a dental implant or several treatments will be performed.
How long does this procedure take?
Sinus lift augmentation can be in most cases an unpleasant experience for patients because the procedure takes more than one hour and involves significant disturbance. Patients need to rest at home for three to ten days due to the pain, anxiety, and severe, unappealing facial swelling and marks. Such an important dental procedure will be explained step by step by our dentists in Dubai. After six or nine months of the sinus lift procedure, the new bone is generated and then a second technique is necessary to insert a dental implant into the newly created bone.
This is followed by a three to five months waiting period for the dental implant to be assimilated into the bone when the prosthetic tooth can finally be introduced. It is known that the maxillary sinuses are two deep cavities positioned behind the cheekbones and just above the upper molar teeth in the back of the mouth. As people age, the sinuses enlarge and the jawbone shrinks in size. If upper molars are lost, the bone reduction is even more severe, and, in more than 50% of these major cases, the remaining jawbone lacks the necessary capacity to sustain a dental implant.
The video below explains the steps in a sinus lift procedure. You can receive such treatment in our dental clinics in Dubai:
Are there any risks in a sinus lift procedure?
In a sinus lift procedure, there is a risk that the sinus membrane is perforated or tattered, a situation when the dentist will add a patch over the sinus or will bond the sinus tear parts. In numerous cases, this is a successful procedure, if, of course, complete time for healing is given.
Clients who step into our dental office can benefit from dental implants in Dubai, a treatment above expectations. The lack of teeth now has a solution, and the waiting time for the entire treatment is much shorter compared to those performed a few years ago. You can leave us with new teeth in just a few hours. We, therefore, recommend that you contact our dentists and find out what the prices are for such treatments.
How to take care after a sinus lift procedure
Your bone graft is made up of many particles and that is why you may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Our dentists in Dubai recommend to all patients who deal with sinus lift procedures to have no worries because it’s normal to have some of them come out of the graft site. Here are some things that your dentist in Dubai will recommend you not to do:
- disturb or touch the wound;
- rinsing or spitting for two days to allow blood clot and graft material steadiness;
- lift or pull on the lip to look at the sutures. This can really cause harm to the wound site and tear the sutures;
- apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area, as the material is movable during the initial healing;
Your dentist will provide you with the steps needed after this important dental procedure. The patient will be allowed to have gentle cleaning, not too harsh as he/she can disturb some of the bone graft granules. If a fractional denture or a fin was placed in your mouth, you may have to see your recuperative dentist have it adjusted, and then you will learn how to eliminate and substitute it properly. It is our goal that your recovery is as smooth and nice as possible.
Who needs sinus lift procedures?
The sinus augmentation is normally recommended to patients who need a dental implant, but they do not have sufficient bone to sustain the complete process of osseointegration. Dental implants can be placed if a particular amount of bone is present in the upper or lower jaw. Sinus lift surgery is recommended in cases like:
- If patients have thin jawbone or a large sinus cavity.
- After periodontal problems where denture damages have been involved.
- After a problematic tooth extraction or dental trauma.
- If the jawbone regressed due to tooth or teeth loss.
Sinus lift procedures are not complicated, however, particular attention needs to be offered by patients receiving such treatments. It is important to respect the indications of your dentist in Dubai and be patient during the healing time.
Preparing the sinus lift procedure
Just like in most of the treatments, a verification of the denture starts with a set of dental x-rays that shows the entire structure of the teeth, and the problems involved. If signs of gingivitis or periodontitis are revealed after a preliminary verification of the denture, your doctor will recommend specific dental treatments. A sinus lift procedure or a dental implant can be recommended only after all problems are solved: cavities, caries, and periodontitis must be treated prior to a sinus lift procedure. A complete dental plan will be initiated by your dentist in Dubai before a sinus lift procedure. Then, the doctor decides the source of the grafted bone before the procedure is started. If the natural bone is not a solution for a patient’s problems, synthetic materials can be recommended, if the patient is not allergic.
Returning to the doctor for checkups
If the sinus lift procedure is a success, your doctor will then tell you what to expect and what to do for a couple of days. According to dentaly.org, an appreciated oral healthcare portal, it is extremely important to respect the healing process and then come to the dental office for a complete checkup. In most of cases, a dental checkup after a sinus lift procedure comes after 7 or 10 days. The dentist will verify the healing process and then remove the stitches. This doesn’t mean that you won’t see your dentist after this procedure. There are cases in which you will have to see the dentist a couple of times during a year after a sinus lift procedure took place. This is why you should plan your dental trip to Dubai in time, right after you understand the duration of the treatments you need. You can talk to us and find out more about the services and prices involved, prior to your arrival in Dubai.
What can I eat after a sinus lift procedure?
As mentioned earlier, the healing time is highly important, so is the diet in this case. Patients receiving sinus augmentation will have to change the diet and meal habits for a couple of days. Warm soups, smoothies, and puddings will be part of a new diet after a sinus lift procedure. Even if it’s quite clear, hard foods should be avoided for a while, in order to let the gums and the denture properly heal. Specific medications will be offered, so a patient will have to respect all the recommendations after sinus augmentation. Feel free to talk to your dentist in Dubai and find out all the details about sinus lift procedures and the implications.
Asking for our dental services in Dubai
Dubai is known as a reputable destination for varied reasons, among which, the excellent medical system. The dentistry branch makes no exception and foreigners are more interested in such services in Dubai, known for top quality and professionalism on behalf of doctors. Teeth whitening methods, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, periodontitis treatments, sinus lift procedures, surgical extractions, root canal treatments, teeth straightening, odontology treatments, dental prosthetics, tooth decay treatments, and complete prophylactic treatments are available in our dental clinics in Dubai, so if you would like to know the costs involved, feel free to send us an email or give us a call. Here are some interesting dental facts that you probably didn’t know:
- We spend approximately 39 days brushing the teeth during our lifetime;
- The first toothbrush was used in 1498 in China;
- A woman smiles about 62 times per day, while a man only 8 times;
- There are 17 muscles involved in a smile;
- The risk of gum diseases can be reduced by consuming coconut, a natural anti-bacterial solution.
Our team of dentists in Dubai will be more than pleased to guide and assist you in your major dental treatment and for any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.