Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery located in Oakland, CA
Implants can transform your smile. If you’ve lost your upper teeth, however, you might have insufficient bone to place the implants. Don’t worry — the team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Oakland, California has a solution. Brandon Kang, DDS and his team of dental professionals offer minimally invasive sinus lift surgery to build bone. Having a perfect set of teeth is closer than you think. Use the online inquiry form to book an appointment or call the practice today.
Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery Q&A
What is a sinus lift?
If you lose your top teeth, there usually isn’t enough bone to provide a secure foundation for implants. A sinus lift makes way for that foundation. It’s a surgical procedure that lifts the sinus membrane to expose the sinus cavity. Your dentist can then insert a bone graft inside the void, increasing the volume of bone your surgeon has to work with.
The bone graft takes several months after the procedure to fuse with the surrounding bone. Once it has, your dentist can then place the implants.
Conventionally, the sinus surgery is carried out from the cheek area. However, this approach results in bigger swelling and pain as well as higher infection rate. Your surgeon will approach the sinus though a tiny hole made to place the implants in the alveolar ridge. This minimally invasive technique does not produce swelling and the pain is very minimal. In addition, in most cases, the implants can be placed at the same with the sinus grafting, negating the need to go through multiple surgeries.
The providers at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center have years of experience in performing minimally invasive sinus grafts. Speak with them today to see if you’re a suitable candidate.
When should you have minimally invasive sinus surgery?
There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend having a sinus lift. They include:
- To replace bone loss due to gum disease
- To repair bone structure following facial trauma or injury
- To build quality bone to support dental implants
- To replace bone that is lost due to missing teeth
- To improve bone deficiency
A sinus lift can lead to significantly improved oral health. If you’ve suffered a facial injury, need upper teeth implants, or have diseased teeth affecting your sinus, visit the team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center.
What is the recovery process following minimally invasive sinus surgery?
For the first few days following your sinus lift, you may feel small granules in your mouth. These are particles of the bone graft, and it’s normal for this to happen. The day after surgery, you can begin to rinse your mouth gently. Over the next few days and weeks, you can prevent further particles from dislodging by doing the following:
- Leave your wound alone — don’t touch it
- Take the prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection
- Avoid applying pressure to the grafted area with your tongue
- Avoid spitting for 48 hours
- Don’t pull on your lip to look at the sutures
- Avoid blowing your nose for 4-6 weeks
- Don’t smoke
The team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center uses hydraulic pressure and stem cell technology to perform sinus lift surgery successfully. Find out more today — call the practice or use the online inquiry form to make an appointment.
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