At Lorton Springfield Dental Implant & Oral Surgery, we specialize in long-lasting dental implants using advanced oral and maxillofacial procedures. If your jawbone’s health has been compromised due to periodontal disease or injury, a sinus augmentation may be necessary. Through careful planning and individualized treatment, Dr. Snehal Patel, DDS, MD can add bone to your upper jaw. Sinus augmentation will increase the chances of success for your dental implant treatment so you can smile your healthiest, most beautiful smile.
What is Sinus Augmentation Used For?
The need for a sinus lift is usually discovered when preparing a patient for dental implants. Sinus augmentation is performed when the sinuses are too close to the jawbone, or there isn’t enough height in the upper jaw, making it difficult to place dental implants. Using modern diagnostic tools, our surgical specialist can pinpoint areas of bone loss and make a recommendation for sinus augmentation.
Expert Sinus Augmentation in Lorton and Springfield
The first step in sinus augmentation is to have x-rays taken of your jaw and sinuses. You may also need a CT scan, which will allow Dr. Patel to measure your jaw bone and evaluate overall oral health. To prepare for the procedure, bone is taken from your hip or chin, or through a synthetic option.
Dr. Patel will make a small incision near the molar or premolar region to expose the jawbone. The membrane surrounding the sinus is lifted away, and the new bone material is added to the jaw before the sinus is gently repositioned. Several millimeters of new bone is usually added, and then the surrounding tissue is sutured. After your sinus lift surgery, your jaw is given ample time to heal while the new bone fuses with your jawbone.
Sinus Augmentation Recovery
After your sinus lift surgery, you may experience swelling or bleeding as your bones and tissues begin to heal. Pain medication will be administered to keep you comfortable, along with an antibiotic to prevent infection. Our surgical specialists will see you again in seven to ten days to check on the surgical site and remove your stitches. If you experience any pain, swelling, or bleeding after the first few days, we ask you to call and make an appointment with Dr. Patel.
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We specialize in all types of dental implant treatments, including those that need extra surgical attention. We welcome patients throughout Lorton and Springfield areas and are committed to providing you with the friendliest, most professional service in the area. We accept referrals from local dentists and work hard to ensure that you receive the best care possible. Please give us a call to schedule a consultation.