Benefits of Bone Grafting and Sinus Lift
Common Dental Problems That
Bone Grafting and Sinus Can Address
Once the gums start to recede, they can pull away from the natural teeth and expose the roots. As a result, it makes the teeth look longer, leading to root resorption.
When bones don't have the stimulation from tooth roots, they will begin to resorb or break down. This often leads to a decrease in jawbone density and volume.
When a tooth is extracted, the empty socket left behind can become infected. This can happen if bacteria enter the socket or if a blood clot forms in the socket and becomes dislodged.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts
The short answer is that they shouldn’t hurt too much. Of course, everyone experiences pain differently so some patients may have more discomfort than others. However, most people report only mild discomfort after the procedure.
Your dentist will work with you to remain comfortable during and after the procedure. Modern anaesthesia and pain management techniques allow most patients to tolerate sinus lifts and bone grafts for dental implants with little pain.
To minimise discomfort, you can try a few things. First, follow your dentist’s instructions for post-operative care, which will help reduce swelling and bruising. Furthermore, you should take any pain medication prescribed by your dentist as needed. Then, try to rest and relax as much as possible after the procedure.
Taking it easy will help your body heal more quickly. If you have any concerns about pain or discomfort, talk to our compassionate team so they can help you find ways to manage it.
The risks of bone grafting and sinus lifts include pain, swelling, infection, and bleeding. However, these potential risks are typically minor and can be easily managed with over-the-counter medication and ice packs. More serious complications can occur in rare cases, such as nerve damage or an allergic reaction to the bone graft material.
However, these complications are rare and can be effectively addressed with medication or surgery. Overall, the risks associated with sinus lifts and bone grafts for dental implants are minimal. Most patients experience a smooth, uncomplicated recovery with proper care and management.
The healing process following a sinus lift or bone graft usually takes about 5 to 7 months before an implant can be placed. In some cases, a second surgery may be required to place the implant. However, most often, the implant can be placed at the time of the initial sinus lift surgery. Once the implant has been placed, further dental treatment, such as the placement of a tooth crown or bridge, can be completed.
The first step in a sinus lift procedure is to make an incision in the gum tissue. The dentist will then access the bone and gently push the sinus lining out of the way. The biocompatible grafting material is then placed into the area, and the incision is closed with dissolvable stitches.
In some cases, a membrane patch may also be placed over the graft site. The sinus lift procedure typically takes 4–9 months to heal, during which the graft material begins to fuse with the existing bone. Once healing is complete, dental implants can be placed into the newly added bone.
Bone graft procedures have different durations depending on the factors involved. First, the location of the graft will play a role. For example, procedures done on the front teeth tend to be shorter than those done on the back teeth. Second, the amount of bone that needs to be grafted will also affect the timeframe of the procedure. It takes longer to graft a large area than a small one. Finally, if other dental procedures need to be done first, like tooth extractions, this will also add to the process.
In general, most bone graft procedures take between 20 minutes and 90 minutes to complete. However, the friendly dentists at our clinic will be able to give you a more specific estimate based on your individual case.
After bone grafting and sinus lifts, you can expect discomfort for the first few days. The swelling will eventually go down, and light bleeding may occur from your mouth or nose. A protective clot will form to help the healing process.
You may also experience some bruising and numbness in the area. Following your dentist’s instructions for care after the oral surgery is important as it will help the area heal properly and reduce the risk of complications.