The upper jaw is the most bulky bone of the face, however proportionally it is the lightest bone due to the presence of the maxillary sinus.
Maxillary sinus lift surgery, in English sinus lift, allows us to increase bone availability for the placement of implants in the posterior sector of the maxilla.
The maxillary sinus is the largest of the four pairs of perineal sinuses, these sinuses are empty and pressurized spaces, lined by squamous epithelial cells and have the function of filtering the air we breathe, reducing the weight of the head, giving resonance to our voice and warming up and control the humidity of the air we inhale.
Under normal conditions, the compression and tension forces associated with masticatory cycles allow us to maintain the alveolar bone level in the oral cavity. When there is a loss of teeth, this physiological balance is altered and the remaining bone ceases to perform its function, leading to bone resorption, therefore to bone loss, both in height and width.
The amount of bone remaining is inversely proportional to the time that the person remains toothless, so it must be rehabilitated with a fixed solution quickly. Removable solutions without the use of implants are not able to contain bone resorption, on the contrary, they accelerate the trauma process even more.
When the remaining bone does not present biomechanical conditions favorable to implant placement, we resort to this surgical procedure to recover the space unduly invaded by the maxillary sinus by raising it and placing a bone graft.
As in most surgical procedures there are post-operative care and limitations, notably not blowing your nose for the first two weeks, sneezing with your mouth open, not using straws to drink, not flying by plane in the first two weeks, not diving at least in the first month after surgery to avoid sudden and significant pressure changes within the maxillary sinus.
Although this surgery may seem like a complex surgery, in the light of current Dentistry it is a relatively simple, painless procedure that will not significantly influence your day-to-day, even on the day of the surgery, allowing us to restore the smile it deserves .
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