Bone augmentation in upper jaw â€“ in other words: Sinus lift.
The, often referred to as “Sinus Lift”, sinus floor augmentation is a procedure, with which a too little bone substance can be levelled out in the upper jaw.
A limited bone supply may occur, because the maxillary sinuses get larger as get older and continuously extend in the upper jaw bone.
If the jaw ridge is too narrow, this technique is also being used. In this article you will get answers to the following:
- When is a sinus lift necessary?
- Materials for bone augmentation – What options are available?
- What is the procedure of a sinus lift operation?
- Is there any pain?
- Where can the jawbone augmentation be carried out?
When is a sinus lift necessary?
In a successful implantation, the quality of the bone plays the most important role. The bone must have a very good substance, as the artificial tooth root is embedded in the bone. The implant has to join with the surrounding bone that is why it is important that the jaw ridge has enough volume, so that the implant can grow together with the bone.
Materials for bone augmentation – What options are available?
Autologous bone can be recovered sufficiently from different parts of the body. There is no risk of infection for the patient and therefore the body’s own bone is superior to all other materials.
Natural bone substitute materials are obtained from animals (bone and connective tissues). Natural bone replacement materials are suitable for the filling of smaller jaw defects, or as addition to own bone.
Synthetic bone substitute materials consist of ceramics based on calcium. They are offered as granules and are due to their moderate stability only to use for smaller jaw defects.
Which material is being used in your case, should be determined after the necessary clinical and radiological examinations and the corresponding clarification by your doctor.
What is the procedure of a sinus lift operation?
In most cases, the sinus lift surgery is performed under local anaesthesia. The dentist lifts the sinus floor. The mucous membrane is carefully detached by the implantologist dentists and pushed upwards, which results in a deepening between the mucous membrane and alveolar ridge and this is then filled with bone graft material or with the patient’s own bone.
Sometimes, the sinus lift and the placement of implants can be carried out in the same session, but oftentimes there is a healing period of 3 to 6 months between the two procedures.
Is there any pain?
Suitable painkillers are for possible discomfort and pain recommended (mostly: Ibuprofen 400). Medications containing ASA (acetylsalicylic acid), as Aspirin, are not to be taken, as they cause bleeding or reinforce this. If your doctor has prescribed you antibiotics, take the medication as prescribed, even if you have no complaints whatsoever.
Where can the jawbone augmentation be carried out?
In principle, the surgery for the jaw bone grafting is performed only in a few places in Europe. Hungary is one of those places, where internationally renowned dental treatments are performed. A dental treatment in Hungary is particularly exceptional, because the surgeries are executed by excellent and well-trained doctors. Furthermore, it is important to know that the dental tourism in Hungary is already very well developed and planned, so that patients can travel back home with the greatest satisfaction about their teeth.
The cost of a sinus lift in Hungary is around 510 usd.