Posted on 11/30/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Many people wish they had a crystal ball. They want to know what their future will look like. While there is no way to see the future, that does not mean there are not ways to predict what some people will need later in their life.
It is possible to predict whether a person may need a sinus lift in the future. There are signs to watch for that could indicate the need for this procedure.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is also known as an augmentation. During a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw. The areas between the upper molars and premolars receive the additional bone. The areas that get the additional bone are on either side of the nose. To make room for the extra bone, the sinus membrane gets lifted upwards.
Who Needs a Sinus Lift?
There are many people that can benefit from the sinus lift. Some of the common reasons that people turn to this surgical procedure include:
Tooth Loss - When people lose teeth, they also can lose bone. If they want to get implants, they may not have enough bone left for the implants. A sinus lift can help provide the bone needed for the implant.
Gum Disease - One of t effects of gum disease is bone loss. The more the gum loss from periodontal disease, the greater the need for a sinus lift.
The Shape of the Jaw - It is possible that the maxillary sinus is too close to the jaw. This can prevent the successful placement of implants.
Sinus lift procedures are more common than ever before. They are an effective tool for people who need implants but have issues with the amount of bone in their jaw. They can also help other people with conditions that the loss of bone can make worse.
For more information about this or any other oral health issues, schedule an appointment with the professionals at our office.