When the sinuses are too close to the jawbone, or there is insufficient bone structure present, dental implants don’t have the foundation necessary to stay in place over an extended period of time. In these cases, an expertly performed sinus lift is a safe and effective way to elevate the sinuses, promote healthy bone growth and create an optimal environment for long-lasting dental implants.
Why a Sinus Lift is Necessary
A sinus lift procedure may be necessary prior to dental implant surgery for a few different reasons. In many cases, the patient’s natural anatomy cannot accommodate dental implants, and therefore must be modified with a sinus lift procedure. For example, the individual may lack the proper bone structure to support dental implants because the upper jaw tends to have less bone volume than the lower jaw. Or, the patient’s maxillary sinuses may be located too close to the upper jaw for the implants to be placed safely.
Other patients may require a sinus lift due to significant bone loss caused by missing teeth. In these cases, the teeth have been missing for an extended period of time, causing the bone to be reabsorbed back into the body and resulting in an inadequate foundation for the placement of dental implants.
Overview of the Sinus Lift Procedure
During each sinus lift procedure, Dr. Mizrahi uses the safest and most advanced surgical techniques available to elevate the sinuses, administer bone graft materials and create an optimal foundation for the placement of dental implants.
To begin the surgery, Dr. Mizrahi will make a precise incision in the gum tissue where the missing teeth used to be, exposing the underlying bone. Located on the other side of that bone is a membrane that lines the sinuses. From there, Dr. Mizrahi will create a small window in the bone to access the membrane and carefully elevate the sinuses away from the jaw.
If the patient possesses enough bone between the jaw and the bottom of the sinuses to stabilize the implant, Dr. Mizrahi will perform the dental implant surgery at the same time as the sinus lift. However, if there is inadequate bone structure, Dr. Mizrahi will first administer bone graft material to create a strong foundation for the placement of dental implants. The new bone will typically mature within four to nine months, at which point Dr. Mizrahi will perform dental implant surgery to prepare the mouth for the placement of artificial teeth.
Having helped countless patients elevate the sinuses and promote bone growth to prepare for dental implant surgery, Dr. Mizrahi is renowned for providing among the best dental implants Beverly Hills has to offer.
What is a Ridge Expansion?
A unique type of bone grafting procedure that may be used in conjunction with a sinus lift, a ridge expansion is most commonly used when the jaw isn't wide enough to support dental implants.
In these cases, Dr. Mizrahi will increase the height or width of the jawbone, in addition to administering bone graft material, to ensure dental implants have the underlying structure and support necessary to stay in place over an extended period of time.
An Overview of Recovery
Immediately following a sinus lift procedure, some swelling, pain and bleeding from the mouth or nose is to be expected. You will be advised to avoid blowing the nose or sneezing forcefully during the initial recovery period, as both actions could loosen the stitches and displace the bone graft material.
Committed to your safety and comfort, Dr. Mizrahi will prescribe medication to help you manage the pain, as well as an antibiotic to prevent infection. About ten days after the procedure, Dr. Mizrahi will examine the surgical site to ensure you are healing properly.
Meet Dr. Mizrahi
An award-winning, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Mizrahi practices the full scope of oral and facial surgery in her state-of-the-art Beverly Hills office. With her extensive training and unmatched surgical skills, Dr. Mizrahi is fully qualified to treat virtually any disease, injury or defect of the mouth, face and jaw.
Distinguished by her caring demeanor and gentle touch, Dr. Mizrahi is celebrated for her ability to put patients at ease and deliver among the safest and most comfortable oral surgery available. With years of experience, countless awards and technical expertise, Dr. Mizrahi has earned her reputation for delivering among the best bone grafting and sinus lift Beverly Hills has to offer.Meet Dr. Mizrahi
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If you are missing teeth and considering dental implants, your first step will be to meet with Dr. Mizrahi for a private consultation.
During this meeting, Dr. Mizrahi will thoroughly examine your mouth, bone structure and the position of your sinuses. From there, she will compose a comprehensive surgical plan to elevate the sinuses, stimulate new bone growth and prepare the mouth for the placement of dental implants. If you are wondering what the sinus lift cost is, feel free to call us.
Deeply understanding of the anxiety patients feel when undergoing an oral surgery procedure, Dr. Mizrahi's caring demeanor and extensive knowledge will immediately put you at ease. Celebrated for providing among the highest level of patient care, Dr. Mizrahi is committed to your comfort throughout treatment—from the initial consultation to post-operative care.
Known for providing safe, comfortable and advanced oral surgery, Dr. Mizrahi has earned her reputation for delivering among the best sinus lift Los Angeles has available.