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Do you have missing teeth? Are you embarrassed to smile because you are self-conscious about your teeth? Has anyone told you that there was not enough bone in your jaw to have teeth replaced? If so, you may be pretty frustrated about the state of your smile. Don’t despair – Dr. Riopelle and his staff know how frustrating this can be. Thankfully, they also have the solution!
People who do not have enough bone in their upper jaw are generally unable to receive dental implants to fill in missing teeth. If you do not have enough bone in your upper jaw, then you may be eligible for a sinus lift. A sinus lift will fix the problem so that you can receive the dental implants you need.
What’s a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift procedure adds additional bone to a person’s upper jaw. The bone you receive during a sinus lift will be added to the jaw and sinuses. The procedure allows the person’s jaw to grow new bone, providing a strong base for dental implants.
At Dr. Riopelle’s San Ramon, California dental office, we have years of experience performing sinus lifts. When you arrive at our office for a consultation, Dr. Riopelle will take x-rays and look at your teeth and jaw to determine whether you have enough upper jaw bone. If you don’t have enough bone, he will recommend a sinus lift. Although the procedure sounds complicated, it is a routine dental procedure that can dramatically change your smile.
When a sinus lift is performed, the dentist lifts the sinus membrane in order to make room for the additional bone. Dr. Riopelle can complete the procedure in his San Ramon office. Unlike other surgical interventions, a sinus lift does not require a hospital stay. The procedure is done in our office and you will go home the same day.
Who Needs a Sinus Lift?
Sinus lifts are necessary for patients who do not have enough bone in the upper jaw. A person may be missing bone in the jaw for many different reasons, such as trauma or gum disease. If you don’t have enough upper jaw bone, Dr. Riopelle recommends having the bone replaced so that you can get additional dental procedures that will enhance the look and functionality of your teeth.
Benefits of Sinus Lifts
Sinus lifts have many benefits. One benefit of a sinus lift is creating a strong enough jaw to handle a dental implant. To insert a dental implant, a dentist must insert a post into a person’s jaw, where it fuses with bone. Later, a tooth is attached to the post. In order for this procedure to work, you must have enough bone to fuse to the artificial root, anchoring it securely in the upper jaw.
A sinus lift is also important for patients who already have dental implants. If you have bone loss, then the implants could be at risk of becoming loose and falling out.
Sinus lifts are the first step in renewed self-confidence. Once a person has a successful sinus lift, they can get dental implants to replace missing teeth. You will no longer need to feel ashamed about your smile, leading to more confidence in social situations.
Sinus lifts can also prevent structural changes to the face that can occur over time. When you lose some of the bone in your jaw, your face structure changes. This could alter your smile and look.
Risks of a Sinus Lift
Most patients are concerned about whether sinus lifts are risky surgical procedures. As with any surgical procedures, there is some risk. However, sinus lifts are routine and the staff at Dr. Riopelle’s San Ramon dental office are knowledgeable about the procedure.
Infection may happen after the procedure. Dr. Riopelle will send you home with clear instructions on aftercare. If you have swelling, bleeding or infection, call Dr. Riopelle right away so that he can rectify the situation.
Some mild bleeding and swelling is normal. Some mild pain in the area is also to be expected for some patients. However, if the symptoms persist or worsen, you will need to call our office right away.
Another risk is that a hole forms in the sinus membrane. This happens if the membrane is poked or punctured during the sinus lift. If this happens, the hole or tear will require stitches. You will need to wait for your body to fully heal before additional dental work can be done.
Most patients who receive a sinus lift have a successful procedure. Dr. Riopelle has a nearly 100% success rate for sinus lifts.
How the Sinus Lift Procedure is Performed
When you arrive at our San Ramon dental offices for a sinus lift, Dr. Riopelle will talk to you to make sure you are prepared and comfortable. To perform the sinus lift, an incision is made into the top part of the gum, near the top of the jaw.
Once Dr. Riopelle has made the incision, he will fold your gums down, exposing the bone. He will then cut into the bone, which he can use to look inside. Dr. Riopelle will identify any pockets where there is missing bone.
Next, Dr. Riopelle will lift the sinus membrane and position it so that he can add the bone to the upper jaw area. Empty pockets will receive an injection of bone to stimulate new bone growth. Dr. Riopelle will stitch your gums back together and send you home with aftercare instructions.
After the procedure is complete, you will need to return to our office for checkups. Dr. Riopelle will monitor the progress of bone growth.
Come in for a Consultation Today
If you would like to learn more about sinus lifts in San Ramon, California, contact the team at Dr. Garth Riopelle’s office today. Dr. Riopelle is experienced in sinus lifts. He will answer your questions and give you enough information to make an informed decision about the sinus lift. When the sinus lift is complete, Dr. Riopelle will be able to proceed with dental implants.
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