Sinus Lift with Dental Implants in Springfield
Dr. Cross provides highly specialized therapy with an unparalleled degree of precision.
The sinuses are a system of connected hollow spaces inside of the skull. In some cases, the location or size of these spaces can get in the way of treatment with dental implants. A sinus lift changes the size of the sinuses to allow the periodontist to complete the procedure and place a dental implant.
Dr. J. David Cross, a periodontist with more than 27 years in practice, offers a variety of treatments to support the gums, teeth, and implants. This includes highly precise procedures that Springfield patients require, such as a sinus lift.
Patients rely on Dr. Cross in part because of his fastidiousness, experience, and proficiency. He continually develops his surgical skills by participating annually in professional development required for the field. Beyond this expertise, patients also appreciate the gentle and attentive approach he brings to their treatment.
An Overview of Sinus Lift
Dr. Cross may recommend a sinus lift to allow you to receive a dental implant. These implants are artificial tooth roots that Dr. Cross positions inside of the jaw bone and that connect to a new crown or bridge.
If you have large sinuses or not enough bone, you will may have less bone quantity in certain areas of the upper jaw. This may present a problem if Dr. Cross needs to place implants in these locations.
Dr. Cross can resolve this concern for Springfield patients with a sinus lift. This allows him to place dental implants in the newly established bone.
Dr. Cross’ Approach to Sinus Lift
Dr. Cross applies microsurgical techniques in his treatment. This means that he uses very high levels of magnification to see the features of your mouth up to 26 times more clearly, and he works with extremely small instruments to offer you greater precision, comfort, and a faster recovery.
Microsurgery is particularly important for Springfield sinus lift patients. Many periodontists use what is called a “lateral window” or a side approach for their sinus lift; however, that technique can be invasive. By comparison, Dr. Cross’ method uses extremely small and atraumatic instruments. He is one of the few doctors in the United States who are trained in and who use this technique.
What Patients Can Expect with Sinus Lift
When you visit Dr. Cross’ Springfield office for an initial consultation about dental implants, he may discuss the sinus lift procedure with you depending on your specific needs and goals. He will review your treatment in detail, answer any questions you have, and ensure sure that you are comfortable with his recommendations. Most Springfield patients who receive staged dental implants state that the recovery is very easy and comfortable.
On the day of your procedure:
- Dr. Cross will work gently, carefully, and in close communication with you to ensure your comfort.
- After the treatment is completed, Dr. Cross will review with you how to manage the area as it is healing. After offering detailed instructions, his office will also provide written instructions for you.
- Dr. Cross and his staff will give you contact phone numbers should you have any questions or concerns during your treatment.
Understanding the Sinus Lift Technique
As with any surgery, one of the goals of a sinus lift is to keep the procedure as non-invasive as possible. A traditional sinus lift uses a rubber mallet and peg to break down bone in the area where the dental implant will be placed. However, Dr. Cross with his extensive training and practice can complete this procedure in a gentle way that is relatively atraumatic for patients.
To keep Springfield patients even more comfortable during a sinus lift, Dr. Cross uses an advanced pneumatic pressure tool in his procedures. He is the first surgeon in the United States to employ this device in his practice.
The pneumatic pressure tool replicates the motion of a traditional mallet-and-peg approach, but it has a much gentler, focused, and accurate effect. Dr. Cross participated in a study on the device through the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Engineering and, after recognizing the benefits it provided patients, included the technique as part of his sinus lift procedures. This is an example of one of many ways that he and his staff integrate emerging technology into the practice, helping patients improve their comfort and achieve better long-term outcomes.
Common Questions About Sinus Lift
Does a sinus lift offer a predictable outcome?
Yes, sinus lift procedures are common and predictable with minimal chance of complications. Dr. Cross will take the time during your consultation to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure and will help you understand what to expect in your treatment.
What does a sinus lift feel like?
Most of Dr. Cross’ Springfield patients are impressed how comfortable the microsurgical procedure is with a sinus lift. Usually, they describe the feeling as a sense of being “fuller” in the area of the procedure. This is because the bone graft is filling the surgical site to create a better foundation for a future dental implant.
How should I take care of the surgical site after the procedure?
Generally, you should avoid contacting the area when you are eating or brushing your teeth. You should also try and chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth. After about 4-6 weeks, the grafts will have integrated into the jawbone, and you can return to your normal eating and brushing habits.
If the position of your sinuses is preventing you from having a restored smile and bite, explore sinus lift treatment with Dr. Cross. Schedule an appointment with his Springfield office online or by phone at (217) 793-0196.