Local Columbia, SC Periodontist
The office of Dr. Gregg W. McKenzie proudly offers advanced periodontal treatments for the Columbia, SC community including Lexington and Blythewood and the surrounding areas. We will patiently work with you to create and implement the best possible treatment plan in order to achieve your dream smile. Our team is highly trained in the latest dental technology and is dedicated to providing quality care to all ages.
About Sinus Lifts
Sinus lifts, also called sinus augmentations, is a surgery that adds bone to the upper jaw between the jaw and maxillary sinuses located on either side of your nose. The sinus membrane has to be moved or “lifted” to make room to add the bone by a surgeon or periodontist. If the sinuses are too close to the jaw, or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw to place dental implants, you may need a sinus lift. There are other reasons for getting a sinus lift including:
- Bone loss due to periodontal disease or tooth loss
- Maxillary sinus is too close to the upper jaw for implants to be placed
- Loss of too many teeth in the upper
The Sinus Lift Surgery
The basic surgical procedure for a sinus lift will start with the cutting of your gum tissue in order to expose the jawbone. A small, oval window in the bone will be opened and the membrane lining your sinus will be pushed away from the jaw. This will allow for bone-graft material to be placed where your sinus was. After the granules are placed, your gums will be stitched and closed up, completing the surgery process.
Swelling and bleeding from mouth or nose may occur after the procedure has been completed, but this is normal and should go away in time. It will take several months for the bone-graft material to harden and combine with your jaw. Once the integration between the material and your jawbone has completed, dental implants can be placed.
Contact Our Sinus Lift Expert In Columbia, SC
Dr. McKenzie provides a number of periodontal services for all ages. If you are interested in getting a sinus lift, dental implants, periodontal care or laser gum treatment or would like to schedule an appointment to come into our office in Columbia, SC., please contact us and one of our trained staff members will be happy help you.