Not every patient is suitable for dental implants right away as there has to be a healthy amount of bone and an appropriate amount of room for a surgical post to be placed without touching the sinuses. Sinus lift surgery can be used to help patients become candidates for a dental implant. At Luminous Dental Studio, our general dentists, Dr. Nam Kim and Dr. Minho Chang, can prepare you for a dental implant with a sinus lift. Not enough bone height in the upper jaw, poor-quality bone, or sinuses that are too close to placing an implant are all reasons why you may need a sinus lift, also called sinus augmentation surgery. Your sinus floor needs to be raised so that an implant can be properly placed. Schedule a consultation in our office in Frisco, TX to learn more about sinus lift surgery and dental implants.
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"Dr. Minho Chang is an excellent Dentist. He is very kind, thorough, and professional at his work. I had a wisdom tooth extracted effortlessly. I am simply in love!!!! Tammi the front desk staff was extremely wonderful and knowledgeable too (mirroring the doctor) - what a great team. They are also very COVID-sensitive and their Studio is meticulous (we love that). I recommend Dr. Minho Chang to anyone needing dental work."- C.S. / Google / Mar 10, 2021
"Dr. Kim and the team at Luminous Dental Studio are friendly and professional. I had a lot of dental work done over the last several weeks (six cavities total 😩) and Dr. Kim was great at keeping me calm and comfortable all throughout my experience. I would highly recommend this team!"- H.C. / Google / Sep 20, 2020
"I have dental anxiety when visiting to the dental office anywhere. Dr. Chang and Jill really understand my situation. I have planned not to visit anymore to any dental offices because they don't understand me. I finally found Luminous Dental Studio for their caring and understanding for who am I."- A.D. / Google / Sep 24, 2019
"When I had my first appointment with Dr. Kim at Luminous Dental Studio, I was instantly reassured that I picked the right dentist to work with my family. He was kind and listened to my concerns about my dental anxieties. With his gentle chairside manner, Dr. Kim was easy to talk. I had some extensive work done that most dentist would rush me through, but when things didn’t go as planned... Dr. Kim kept working through it while making sure I was comfortable. Their state-of-the-art technology is really great too. The intraoral camera displayed my dental concerns front and center in the treatment room on a big screen. It was a great dental experience even though they are never easy for me. Thanks Dr. Kim. Oh, and he made sure to check up on me after my lengthy appointment to make sure I was ok... that’s awesome."- S.C. / Google / Aug 23, 2019
Candidates for a sinus lift will have limited room in the upper jaw for a surgical dental implant when the sinuses are too large or too close to the bone. At your consultation, a digital x-ray will be taken to measure your jaw and sinuses and determine if repositioning the sinuses with or without a bone graft would be an appropriate course of action before a dental implant.
What To Expect
A sinus lift is a detailed surgical procedure that is performed in our office by Dr. Kim or Dr. Chang. If needed, a bone graft will be prepared. An incision will be made in the gum tissue at the back of your mouth. Your tissue will be raised to reveal the bone. The bone graft, if needed, will be placed before the sinuses are pushed up higher and away from the jaw. Finally, the incision within the gumline will be sutured.
After your sinus lift, you may be given a prescription for an antibiotic and pain reliever to help you during your recovery. We will also prepare you for how you should care for your incisions with aftercare instructions before the procedure. You should schedule a follow-up appointment about 7 – 10 days after your sinus lift for suture removal. The bone graft will take several months to heal before a dental implant can be placed.
Respect Your Sinuses
If you qualify for a sinus lift, preparing the jawbone is essential to the success of an implant. Dental implants need a solid support system in the jaw before they can be installed, and a sinus lift will keep the implant from imposing on your sinuses. We invite you to contact our office in Frisco, TX to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim or Dr. Chang.