It seems like you need dental implants, but is your dentist saying that you need surgery first? You might wonder, what is a sinus lift surgery and what does it have to do with dental implants? Don’t fret, we have explained more about sinus lift surgery below to make you feel more confident and prepared for your sinus lift and prevent sinus infection.
What is Sinus Infection?
A sinus infection is usually like the common cold. The main difference between the two is usually how long the symptoms last. Sinusitis symptoms typically last no longer than 10 days, but chronic sinusitis can last for 12 weeks or longer.
Sinus infections will usually get better on their own. Antibiotics won’t lessen the symptoms of a sinus infection caused by a virus or an airborne irritant, however there are some things you can practice for a speedy recovery.
What are some things you can do to manage your sinus infection symptoms?
- Drinking plenty of water as it can help to flush out the virus out of your body, ensure you are adequately hydrated. Aim to drink at least 2 liters of water each day to relieve your sinusitis symptoms.
- Using a humidifier may help to relieve sinus blockages especially during the night. Using nasal spray may help to relieve your sinusitis symptoms during the day.
- Using essential or herbal oils may help you to relieve any blockages you might experience. Eucalyptus oil and cineole has helped people with acute sinusitis to recover faster.
How can dentistry help you with your sinusitis, sinus infection?
Have you ever heard of a sinus lift? It may seem like a daunting procedure, but need not to worry it is a relatively common restorative surgical procedure which grafts bone to the upper jaw at the position of the molar and premolar teeth. The maxillary sinus membrane is lifted upwards to make space for the additional bone.
There are many parts to your sinuses, but the closest to your teeth are called the maxillary sinuses. You might experience a toothache when you have a congestion or a severe cold because of the pressure on the sinuses that radiates to the upper jaw. The technical term for this procedure is “maxillary sinus floor augmentation,” however you may also hear the terms “sinus lift” or “sinus graft”.
Why might you need a sinus lift?
A sinus lift is usually performed on patients with insufficient bone in their upper jaw to support a dental implant. Dental implants fuse with the jaw bone in a natural process called osteointegration, but this relies on there being a certain amount of bone present.
- If your jaw bone has previously been damaged, e.g. from trauma or difficult extraction
- Removal of a cyst or tumor
- Suffering from a bone loss from severe gum infection
- Receding of bone due to tooth loss
- Naturally have a large sinus cavity or thin jaw bone
Keep in mind that each patient’s case varies, not everyone who gets molar or premolar teeth implants need this surgery. However, it is a fairly common procedure to be done.
What will happen after a Sinus Lift?
After the sinus lift procedure, you might experience some swelling in the area where the bone was added, but most patients only have mild discomfort. It is completely normally to have light bleeding from the nose or mouth immediately after the surgery. Your surgeon will tell you more information about what to expect after a sinus lift.
An antibacterial mouth wash and antibiotics might be prescribed to prevent infection after the surgery. Nasal sprays may also be given to keep your nose moist.
After 7-10 days of your sinus lift, you will have a follow-up appointment with the dental specialist to examine the surgical site and remove any stitches (that have not dissolved on their own). The healing process of patients may differ and some times more than one follow-up may be needed.
Conclusion: What should we do for sinus infection ?
We hope that this article has given you some insight on sinus lift surgery and what the procedure entails. If you are interested in learning more, click here to read other related articles on our blog. Dr Ryan is also open to answering any questions you have regarding oral health matters, drop him a message here.