(Lateral Wall Technique)
The maxillary sinuses are located above the back teeth in the upper jaw. Often times, the roots of your natural teeth entend up to and in to the sinus cavity. When a maxillary back tooth is lost, implants are often ideal solutions as replacements.
Since dental implants need bone to hold them in, the location of the sinus may need to be modified to allow the implant to be stabilized. Sometimes, this procedure is done at the same time as the implant placement. Other times, this procedure is done pre-emptively and the implant is placed once the graft is mature at a future date.
No pain is expected during the actual sinus grafting procedure. Most patients are surprised that the only usual pain medication needed is Advil/Ibuprofen. When you are at home recovering, most patients state that their discomfort is 4-6 out of 10. Rarely, would sinus grafting cause more discomfort.
B.B.- Pitman, NJ
S.L.- Berlin, NJ