One of the most common ways our patients contact us is by sending us their mouth photos, showing the decay or missing teeth and asking us if they are candidates for dental implants. Our doctor can give you a pre-evaluation depending on what they see, and it helps a lot when patients send us panoramic x-rays to start looking at the options available. In the end, we must remind all our patients that a clinical evaluation needs to be performed on site by our doctors to confirm the treatment plan. This is important because there might be one or two complications the photos or x-rays didn’t show at first glance. On the case of patients with missing teeth or advanced age, there is one particular problem that can happen and its the need of a sinus lift.
What is a sinus lift?
A sinus lift is a procedure where the doctor fills up part of the cavity under the sinus membrane with bone material to reinforce the are for the placing of dental implants. This happens because when there is no stimulation in the bone it loses density on a process called bone resorption. It starts “eroding” and expanding the sinus area. Implants should not be placed in an area that is trespassing the bone all the way to the sinus. For this reason, a sinus lift might be necessary. The doctor will make an incision to get to the sinus membrane, lift it a little like a blanket and fill the space with bone material that will fuse with the rest of the bone around it and allow the dental implant to be set. There are several factors that can exacerbate the expansion of the sinus area, like age and osteoporosis.
If you want to know more about Dental Implants in Cancun call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-701-6039, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.